Research Assignment Final Draft

Due Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Submission Instructions: Submit printed copy to professor and submit digitally (on Box)

Assignment Description:

ItemPercentage of Semester GradeDue DateLink
Research Assignment Initial Question and Annotated Bibliography5Monday, October 08, 2018Click for More Details
Research Assignment Introduction and Outline10Wednesday, October 31, 2018Click for More Details
Research Assignment First Draft15Monday, November 19, 2018Click for More Details
Research Assignment Final Draft20Tuesday, December 11, 2018See below

The final draft of the research assignment is your chance to present the culmination of your research for the entire semester. In this version of the paper, your thoughts should be well organized and carefully expressed. Your argument should demonstrate clear purpose, sophistication and originality. Evidence and examples should be specific and relevant, and connections to your central claim should be clear throughout the paper. Attention to detail in your writing should be appropriate for a final draft. All citations should be accurate and properly formed.

Your work must be:
  1. Typed in 12 point Times New Roman font
  2. Double spaced
  3. Stapled
  4. Handed in on time
  5. About ten pages long
Your submission must have:
  1. Numbered pages if longer than one page
  2. Proper citations. Use Chicago style citations (consult a handbook or see me if you have questions about how to do this).
  3. An original title

Grading Rubric

I will use the course's primary descriptive, non-numerical rubric for this assignment. It includes the following criteria:

Assignment Process: Evaluates whether students have followed directions properly. All materials are turned in on time and in the right place. Assignment directions are followed. Required components are all present and submitted on time.
Attention to Detail in Writing: Language shows thought, precision, and control in word choice. Uses forms of grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and syntax that are appropriate for published work. Demonstrates careful attention to proofreading. Uses key words consistently throughout the paper without changing or confusing meanings. Paper is written concisely. Correctly consistently cites external sources using Chicago style format.
Argument and Thesis Statement: Demonstrates clear purpose, sophistication and originality; makes clear, sufficiently specific, and well-qualified claim about the significance of your central event.
Argument Structure: Sequence of material supports thesis and purpose; progression of thought from sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph is smooth and controlled; use of meaningful transitions and the logical movement from idea to idea strengthen this progression. Includes a well-constructed introduction, body, and conclusion.
Effectiveness of Support and Discussion: Evidence and examples are specific and relevant, and explanations are given that show how each piece of evidence supports the essay’s central claim; inserts source material in effective ways; demonstrates an ability to integrate sources using signal phrases and analysis; does NOT let quotations "speak for themselves."