Persuasive Research Paper Five paragraph argument paper on a controversial issue Mode: Persuasive/Argument Paper Persuasion = the art of convincing people to do or believe something Argument = genre of writing that requires the student to investigate a topic; collect, generate, and evaluate evidence; and establish a position on the topic in a concise manner “What is an argumentative essay?” The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 2010. Web. 18 Jan 2014. Persuasive/Argument Paper • To write an argument essay, you’ll need to gather evidence and present a well-reasoned argument on a debatable issue. • You will argue for one side of your chosen controversial issue. • Your research-based arguments must convince your audience that your view/thesis is true, valid, & correct. Topic: Cross-Curricular Choose a debatable or controversial issue . . . in sports, science, the earth and the environment, government/politics, animal welfare, education, arts & culture, media & communications, etc. Choose your own topic from the list of topics on the Points of View database. New in 8th Grade!!! To give credit to your sources, you must use in-text citations and a Works Cited page, NOT a Works Consulted page You will follow MLA Format for your research (MLA = Modern Language Association) and you will use the MLA proper heading, page layout, pagination, documentation, etc. Samples of In-Text Citations A week later, corrections officer Shannon Smith, who was guarding prisoners by the side of the road, was killed by a woman distracted by a phone call (Besthoff). In Japan, for example, accidents linked to cell phones fell by 75% just a month after the country prohibited using a handheld phone while driving (Haughney A8). Works Cited Besthoff, Len. “Cell Phone Use Increases Risk of Accidents, but Users Willing to Take the Risk.” WRAL.com. Capitol Broadcasting, 9 Nov. 1999. Web. 12 Jan. 2001. Haughney, Christine. “Taking Phones out of Drivers’ Hands.” Washington Post 5 Nov. 2000: A8. Print. Sample of First Page in MLA Format Sample of Works Cited Page Research: Documentation of Sources 1) You must use at least four in-text citations • Used within the text of your paper • Reference in parentheses that gives credit to the source; e.g., (Smith 23). • Directs readers to the full source entry on the Works Cited page Research: Documentation of Sources 2) Works Cited page • Last page of your paper (page three) • Must list at least three sources on your Works Cited page • Lists only the sources you have cited in the text of your paper Length: Five Paragraphs five paragraphs on two pages maximum; the Works Cited page is page 3 Library Time: Provided 6 days in the library to complete research Choosing a Topic Step 1: Identify three possible topics of interest. Step 2: Write three research questions, one for each topic of interest. Step 3: Read articles on databases (do research!) to answer your research questions. Step 4: Write one final research question. Step 5: Answer research question with your thesis statement. Step 6: Your thesis statement is what you will prove with solid research in your paper. Example Sample Research Question: Should PA public school students be required to wear uniforms? Answer/thesis: Pennsylvania public schools should require all students to wear uniforms. or Pennsylvania public schools should not require their students to wear uniforms. Keep pace . . . Do your work ON TIME! Don’t fall behind . . . Do your best!