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Paper Masters will discuss the nuts and bolts of this essayâ€”how it is built, how it worksâ€”in class. Right now you should begin locating a topic and finding interesting, eye-opening articles you might want to use in a paper. Contrasting articles, or those that disagree, are necessary for this paper. Look for those now and during break.
Format for Environment Issue Research Paper:
You should organize your paper in the following way:
Part 1: Introduction . Isolate the issue that interests you most about __________ and express your initial opinion about or answer to this question.
Part 2: The exploration itself. The point of Part 2 is to open the question and keep it open, testing your opinions and exploring the issue through research that introduces you to a range of facts and expert opinions. You are not trying to support your initial opinions here, rather you are testing them. In Part 2 you will write about readings you've discovered that both confirm AND contradict your thinking, and you will evaluate these different arguments with an open mind.
You will use your critical reading skills to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments you encounter.
Part 3: Conclusion. This is a statement of your thinking after the process of inquiry, an explanation of the truth you have found as a result of your conversations and readings. Think of exploration as a process of arriving at a claim. Ideally, in the conclusion of your essay, you will state a claim whose truth you have tested and earned.
Works Cited. Using MLA format, provide complete and accurate bibliographic information for each of your sources.
Remember, you are joining a conversation. You bring your own ideas to the table, but in order to arrive at an informed opinion, you must listen to (research) the things other people are saying and put them together with your own thoughts. You are changing your perspective, moving toward an opinion that is more informed, and therefore more valuable, to yourself and to others with whom you might share it. You are expanding your outlook, entering a larger world.
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