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The Persuasive Research Paper

We will be working on the Persuasive Research Paper for the next two units.  Please keep in mind that this is the longest paper you will write for this class.  (This paper is also worth more of your grade than others in this course.)  The Persuasive Research Paper will be due at the end of Unit 6.

In the Persuasive Research Paper, you will simply want to take a position on an issue of your choice, using research to support your position and to try to convince others to adopt your position.  This paper should be at least 4-6 pages long, it should include at least four sources, and it should accomplish the following:

*State your audience.

*Clearly articulate your position as well as the reasons why you hold this position, using evidence to support the validity of your stance.

*Present information confidently and efficiently.

*Use established information for support, as well as personal “evidence” (if applicable) such as short anecdotes and examples from your own experience, or the experience of others.

*Maintain a persuasive tone that will be accessible (not alienating or insulting) to your particular audience.

Unit 5 is designed to familiarize you with the Persuasive Research Paper, and to help you choose a topic.  I would like each of you to discuss your topic ideas on the discussion board this unit. Unit 5 will also discuss basic structure and strategies to consider in terms of your approach to this paper.  Unit 6 will explain how to cite sources in papers such as this and give you time to revise.


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