Prompt: For this research paper, you will research your life goal or career choice. What we choose to do with our lives is an important part of our identities. What is your life goal or career choice? What does it take to get a job doing this work? What schooling is needed? What preparation is needed? What might this say about you as a person? All of these questions might be helpful for you when writing this paper. You do not have to answer all of these questions nor do you have to answer them in order. They are just here to help you get started.
Audience: Your classroom peers and myself are the audience members for this paper. With that in mind, make sure that you are using the proper diction and tone. Try not to worry about dressing up the language with words you are uncomfortable using, but try to avoid slang or informal language. To this end, try to avoid using second person “you” if it is used in a general way, without purpose. Unless you are addressing a specific audience, as I am doing here, it is best to avoid “you.” You may use the first person “I” when you set up your paper in the introduction, but the bulk of the paper should be more objective in tone and use the third person.
Purpose: The purpose of this third essay is to demonstrate a clear understanding of how to research to find the answer to a question. Another purpose is to demonstrate how to use research correctly in a paper.
Tone: The tone should be formal, but try not to let that stifle your writing.
Thesis: For this essay prompt, the thesis should argue for a clear position on the issue you researched. For example, it might look like the following: “My career choice is to be a firefighter because I want to help save people’s lives using the training I will receive both educationally and physically.” The rest of the paper would give examples of why this is the case and incorporate examples from the novel we are reading and give support from authors like Plato and Bacon.
MLA FormatTimes New Roman font
12 point font
Left justified heading with name, class, and date
Right justified header with last name and page number
The paper should also include the following:A creative title
A clear, well-developed introduction that sets up the thesis
Clear and focused topic sentences
Paragraphs that adhere to topic sentences
Transitions from one paragraph to the next that link ideas logically
I.C.E.—introduce, cite, explain the quote
Counter-arguments and rebuttals
Examples from Symptoms of Being Human (If applicable)
At least TWO credible, peer reviewed sources from our library databases
At least THREE other sources from credible news outlets, magazines, government websites, or credible websites connected to this career or life goal
A conclusion that reaches a larger point or truth
Should be 6 pages long
Remember that the earlier you begin this paper, the better it usually turns out. Send me a rough draft for feedback as soon as you get one done. Most importantly, play with this paper; have fun with it. Many great works of art have come from a spirit of play. I know you can write this paper and write it well. I am your biggest fan, coach, and cheerleader!
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Writing a clear and effective thesis that is supported with evidence.
2. Synthesizing material to support a clear argument.
3. Use of persuasive rhetoric to convince an audience.
4. Use of outside sources and ability to cite in text and in an Annotated Bibliography