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Research Paper – Essay or Report
The purpose of this assignment is to give you an opportunity to practice the research process and to practice writing to share that researched material in a formal document.
Your final paper is the culmination of the exploration of your topic, selecting a narrower aspect of that topic, choosing at least three main arguments/points, and selecting appropriate research to support your ideas.
If you choose to write in essay format, your final persuasive essay will clearly state a thesis which you will prove through the body paragraphs of the paper. Your conclusion will summarize your thesis and main points. This format will be a traditional five paragraph academic essay.
If you choose to write in report format, you will state the topic you are educating the reader about and then discuss the details of that topic in the body paragraphs of your report. Your conclusion will summarize your thesis and main points.
Successful completion of this project will mean that you have clearly demonstrated the ability to:
Use solid reasoning to support your ideas
Critically consider and evaluate resources
Organize research into a coherent structure that persuades/educates an audience
Edit and revise own work
Your final submission should follow APA format as outlined in Cites & Sources. Your in-text citations and reference page should also follow APA format.
At least 4 pages in length (not including cover and references page)
At least 5 reliable sources
Checklist to hand in the following printed work in class on due date:
□ Cover page
□ Final copy of research paper – essay or report
□ References page (at least 5 resources)
□ Rubric (next page)
Research Paper Rubric
Must be submitted on due date. Late = zero (‘0’) without proper documentation.
Area of Assessment
Level of Achievement
All items included:
Final copy of paper
At least 4 pages (not including cover or reference pages)
At least 5 sources
Clear thesis/topic statement
Explains what paper will address
At least three
One argument to each body paragraph
Logically supported by relevant evidence
Demonstrates critical thinking
Summarizes main points
Flow is logical and clear
Evidence is organized into logical order
Uses language and style appropriate to academic audience
Double spaced throughout
Proper paragraph format
APA formatted cover page
Properly formatted in-text citations for summaries, paraphrases and quotations
Properly formatted APA References page
Total: ______ / 55 (15% of final grade)