PART I: Précis
- Select 2 relevant sources for examination. Both should be scholarly/peer-reviewed.
- Read carefully looking for main conclusions and the evidence to support those conclusions.
- Write a short paragraph for each source following the rhetorical précis model found on pp. 212 of the Guide to First-Year Writing.
Due in class:
PART II: Annotated Bibliography
- Select 3 additional relevant sources for examination. At least 2 of these sources must be scholarly and peer-reviewed. Read each source rhetorically.
- Create a bibliography entry for each source, properly formatted in MLA.
- Write an annotation for each source, including the first two you examined for the =l précis exercise. Each annotation should be a short paragraph of about 100-200 words including information found in the rhetorical précis as well as a short comment on how you will use the source for your research paper. More information on annotated bibliographies is on pp. 211-214.
- 5 citations with annotations
- At least 4 scholarly sources relevant to your topic (if you aren’t sure if your source is of quality, please check with me)
- No more than 1 source from reputable magazines, newspapers, or websites
- MLA citations for each source used
- MLA formatting
- Each annotation should be 100-200 words
- No more than one quotation per annotation
- Concision and careful selection of words
- Sources should be presented in alphabetical or chronological order
Compose a 4-5 page research paper based on the secondary sources you gathered for the annotated bibliography. The paper should synthesize these sources in support of a compelling thesis.
- A well-researched, academic argument that adds a new perspective to the existing conversation about your topic
- A clear thesis statement that advances a specific, substantial, arguable point
- Strong supporting evidence from your secondary research
- In-text citation of at least FIVE different secondary sources
- A careful evaluation of relevant counterpoints
- A coherent organizational structure that enhances the argument and effectively portrays the research
- An identifiable audience
- A clear ethos
- 6-8 double-spaced pages
- MLA citation for all sources in an attached works cited page
- Proofreading and proper MLA formatting