Week 3 Final Paper Framework Guide This guide will help you prepare

Week 3 Final Paper Framework Guide

This guide will help you prepare for your final paper by organizing the information for your final paper, walking you through the process of defining your topic, researching and analyzing scholarly sources, creating an annotated bibliography, and crafting a thesis. Once you have completed the guide submit it to the online classroom for grading.

After your instructor has graded the guide, please be sure to use it and the feedback provided to you by your instructor as you construct your final paper. As a reminder, you can access your feedback through Waypoint directly.

1. Identification of Topic:

In a representative democracy, voting gives citizens our voice in government. It is the power to choose the leaders, to ratify or reject state or federal constitutional amendments, approve or deny bonds, tax changes, and many other questions that affect our lives so voting is the most important right in the United States. The following topics all address voting in the United States in some way. Choose ONE topic from the list below to examine in your final paper.

Motivating Voters

Non-Voters

Uninformed Voters

Expansion of Suffrage

Suffrage for Convicted Felons

Voting Fraud

Which topic have you chosen?

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2. Subtopics

Once you have selected your topic, next choose three specific subtopics that relate to your topic that you plan to discuss in your final paper. These subtopics will be referenced by the prompt that aligns to your topic.

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Motivating Voters—Examine strategies for motivating voters. Discuss at least three strategies that special interest groups or political candidates can use to motivate their voters and get them to the polls. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of each strategy?

In the above prompt, the subtopics that should be used for this assignment correspond to “three strategies that special interest groups or political candidates can use to motivate voters and get them to the polls.” Accordingly, each of the three different strategies will be a subtopic.

It is recommended that you complete some research before attempting to complete this part of the assignment. If you are having trouble completing this form or have questions, be sure to contact your instructor.

Complete the form below for each subtopic. Where noted, please identify your subtopic. Then, within each text box, discuss the following:

How is this subtopic related to the topic that you chose?

How is the subtopic related to voting?

Who is affected/involved with or by this subtopic?

What circumstances contributed to the subtopic?

How does this subtopic affect voting for those individuals involved?

Subtopic 1: Name Subtopic 1 HERE

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Subtopic 2: Name Subtopic 2 HERE

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Subtopic 3: Name Subtopic 3 HERE

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3. Sources

For this assignment, you are required to provide one non-scholarly credible source and two scholarly, peer-reviewed sources; you will need to use an additional scholarly source for your final. You should choose sources that address the prompt for the topic that you chose, especially the subtopics that you outlined above. Provide APA-formatted references and annotations for your sources in the space below.

Please remember that you have been provided with a required non-scholarly credible source and two scholarly peer-reviewed sources that you may use for each topic

Non-Scholarly Credible Sources:

Non-scholarly credible sources are sources like articles that you can find published by newspapers, magazines, polling organizations, think tanks, or other organizations. They are not scholarly or peer reviewed so it is important that you carefully consider if they are credible. Each non-scholarly source must pass the CRAAPO test to be used in this assignment and in your final paper. For this assignment, your non-scholarly, credible source has been selected for you; it is the source listed as “required” in the Final Paper Topic Handout, and is from the Pew Research Center. You may use additional non-scholarly credible sources when you write your final, but you need to make sure to use the required source listed in the handout.

APA Citation for Non-Scholarly Credible Source 1:

Provide the APA citation for your source. Here are some examples of APA citations.

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Annotation for Non-Scholarly Credible Source 1:

In your own words, provide an annotation explaining what the source is, where it came from, what this source can tell us about your topic, what information this source provides that will help you address the final paper prompt, and how this source will help you prove your thesis. Be sure to provide specific information in your annotation. Here are some examples of annotations.

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Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Sources

Scholarly sources are peer-reviewed article written by professional researchers. You will need to provide two scholarly articles for this assignment, and you will need to identify an additional one for your final for a total of three. You may use one or both of the scholarly articles that have been provided for you with the final paper prompt that you have chosen or you may choose to locate other scholarly articles. You may find the How to Read a Scholarly Article tutorial helpful. If you are having trouble completing this form or have questions, be sure to contact your instructor.

APA Citation for Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Source 1:

Provide the APA citation for your source. Here are some examples of APA citations.

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Annotation for Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Source 1:

In your own words, provide an annotation explaining what the source can tell you about your topic, what author’s thesis is, the evidence they use, and how this source will help you address the final paper prompt. Be sure to provide specific information in your annotations. Here are some examples of annotations.

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APA Citation for Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Source 2:

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Annotation for Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Source 2:

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4. Introduction and Thesis Statement

Provide an introduction and thesis statement for your final paper. An introduction introduces your topic and approach. A thesis is a sentence length statement of the main idea of your paper. A good introduction and thesis should be informed by the findings of your sources, and your analysis of the ways in which those findings apply to the final paper prompt.

In addition, your thesis should help you organize your paper. Each of the subtopics you have chosen to examine should be incorporated into your thesis, and the order in which you mention these subtopics should be the order in which you examine these subtopics in your paper.

Example thesis: The Progressive movement reached its zenith in the early 1900s, demonstrated by the popularity of muckraking literature, the ratification of new Constitutional amendments, and the political platforms of presidential candidates in the 1912 election.

In this case, the three subtopics that would be explored are:

Muckraking literature

Progressive Constitutional amendments

The political platforms of presidential candidates in the 1912 election

For more information about thesis statements, consult the UAGC Writing Center’s Thesis Statement Tutorial and UAGC AEC How To Write a Thesis video.

Draft of Introduction and thesis: