Ok, this is my college assignment for an online summer course, and I think it fits NewSchoolers forums pretty well, since most threads wind up debating controversial issues. So here is the assignment:
Regularly within a traditional semester, students compose a full research paper. I understand the time constraints within a six week course. So, you will not be writing the full research paper, but will be doing all of the expected research, citing sources (bibliography and in-text citation), and a detailed outline of what the paper would have consisted of.
For this "essay" you will:
-choose a topic which has an argumentative aspect because this isn't meant to be an informational research paper, but an argumentative one (email me for my consent)
- research to find SIX scholarly sources from SUNY Cobleskill Library's databases or credible sources (no .coms or Wikipedia)
-choose MLA or APA style citation and compile your resources in the proper annotated bibiography format according to the citation style (www.dianahacker.com/writersref may help as well as the library's citation resource sheets found at http://cobyweb.cobleskill.edu/Library/guides/citing.asp). Most bibliographys are not annotated, but for our purposes, since you are not actually writing the whole paper, I want you to include the write up after each resource so I can see what it was about and how you were going to incorporate it into your paper. If you don't know what an annotated bibliography is look it up. The write up needs to be a good paragraph.
-draft an outline which includes an introductory paragraph (containing a thesis statement), three main points, two in-text citations, and a conclusion paragraph. This should be set up like the organization from your compare/contrast essay. I want in-text citation to show me what quotes you were going to use and how to properly cite them within APA or MLA style citation. The outline can be set up in bullet form or however you find it easiest to format.
This will all be due the last day of class (you may submit before if you are ready), but I want the annotated bibliography due this Saturday.
It is hard to assign something without being able to verbally explain it, so if you are unclear, PLEASE feel free to contact me.
So now, what issue should I write about?