Name: ___________________________________ Grade 12: British Literature Date: _______________________ Class Name: ________________________ Attributes of a Strong Persuasive Research Paper GRADING RUBRIC □ Strong thesis statement with powerful word choice and strong stance. This is the last sentence of your first paragraph. □ Support of your comments and opinions with clear, specific examples, quotations and references. □ Integration of sources and research throughout body paragraphs. □ Smooth transitions between sentences and paragraphs. □ No contractions (don’t, haven’t, wouldn’t, etc.) and/or slang (thing, guy, stuff, etc.), except when part of a direct quotation from a source. □ Proper use of mechanics (correct punctuation, spelling, grammar, etc.) □ Varied sentence structures: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex □ Avoid plagiarism; otherwise, you will receive an F. Due Dates (Subject to Change) Research Topic Proposal Worksheeet ____3/04____ 10 points Research Sources (4-5) ____4/01____ 20 points MLA Documentation ____4/01____ 25 points Research Outline ____4/01____ 30 points Typed Works Cited Page ____4/01____ 20 points First Draft of Research Paper (typed) ____3/25____ 20 points Final Draft of Research Paper (typed) ____4/01____ 200 points Late Policy: You will lose one letter grade off of your research paper for every class day your paper is late. Remember: If you choose not to write the research paper and follow directions, you will fail this quarter. Please ask me for help if you are confused or struggling at any point in the process. ~Ms. Sandini Name: ___________________________________ Grade 12: British Literature Date: _______________________ Class Name: ________________________ Persuasive Research Paper OBJECTIVE To write a persuasive research paper about a controversial issue. Examples: The media hype surrounding global warming is over-exaggerated… Capital punishment in America should be abolished because… The use of embryos in stem cell research is unethical and should be outlawed because… Athletes who have used steroids in their particular sports should be heavily penalized because… GUIDELINES □ Fill out your Project Proposal worksheet and conference with me about your topic before committing. □ Use 4-5 good sources in your paper. You may use Internet sources; however, they must be reputable (NO Wikipedia!). At least 2 of your sources must be from Gale’s “Opposing Viewpoints in Context” online research database at http://bhslibrary.bellinghamk12.org/home (directions are given on your Research Paper Proposal Worksheet. □ Your paper must be 3-5 full pages in length. Ten or more points will be deducted from your grade for any paper shorter than 3 full pages, not including your Works Cited page. □ You need 4 quotations and at least 10 paraphrases. □ Integrate sources throughout your body paragraphs; do not use only one source per paragraph. □ On average, there should be 3 instances of parenthetical documentation per body paragraph—see model examples. □ All quotations, paraphrases, and summaries of information must have parenthetical citations or you are plagiarizing. (Directions to follow.) □ Information which is not common knowledge must be followed by parenthetical documentation. □ If you don’t use parenthetical documentation, you will earn a zero on your paper! □ Use MLA Heading on upper left-hand corner of your paper: your name, my name, course name, and date format. □ Include a creative title. □ Anchor each quotation—lead them in and explain their significance afterwards. □ Include all sources used and documented on your Works Cited page. Follow standard MLA documentation. Staple your WC page to the back of your paper. □ Follow standard MLA formatting: 12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, doublespacing, and no paragraph breaks (big spaces between paragraphs). □ Include a standard header on every page with your last name and page number in the top righthand corner. □ Submit your final research paper to www.turnitin.com (directions to follow). □ Turn in, on the final paper due date (dates to follow), in a manila envelope or pocket folder, copies of all of your sources, your first and final draft, any notes used, your outline, your self-edit sheet, and your peer-edit sheet. NOTE: This is a writing process and should be approached not with fear, but anticipation! If you have questions or feel you are close to plagiarizing—see me so I can help.