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ENGWR 300 (Jackson)

ENGWR 300 (Jackson)



Paper #3: Causal Argument

First draft due: MARCH 25th: bring 2 copies of a nearly completed draft (at least 6 pages)  Final draft due: April 1st 

On March 18, you will do an in-class writing on all 3 of your sources. This means you must start researching asap.

For this paper and the next, you will focus on a health topic of your choice. Choose from the list on the hand-out of possible health care topics. You may choose a topic not on the list, but do clear it with me. (It must be health related). Make sure you choose a topic that really interests you as it will be the topic of this paper and the final paper #4. However, the focus for each will be different. It is probable that quite a bit of the material you generate for this paper will be useful for the next, so in a sense, paper #4 will build on paper #3.

Once you have chosen your topic, you must speculate about the causes or reasons that it exists. We will do some brainstorming, in class, on possible causes for all the topics on the list. In the paper, you should briefly describe two or three causes, but then you must settle on one that seems to you to be the best available explanation. Argue for your cause and convince your readers that it is plausible by offering at least three or four reasons of support. Each reason should be developed and in turn be supported by examples, anecdotes, statistics, research or studies done by various authorities, and perhaps personal experience. You should anticipate at least one likely objection to your speculation, briefly discuss it, and then refute it. The paper requires at least three outside sources and must, therefore, be accompanied by a Works Cited page. You may also use any of the authors we have read in PFP as support for your reasons or as extensions of your discussions. Authors from PFP will be in addition to the three researched sources but must also be cited in the same manner. All in-text citing and the Works Cited page must be formatted according to MLA conventions.

A Note on your Sources:
Begin searching for authorities (your sources) as soon as possible. Find those who have studied and written articles on your chosen topic. Once you have settled on a promising source, you are required to read and understand the article and to be able to discuss, in your paper, the main ideas intelligently so that your readers gain sufficient knowledge of your research. This, of course, increases your own credibility as a researcher and writer. It is quite common to advise readers about what others have said on a topic before offering your own unique point of view, which will be your thesis. When supporting your reasons, you should refer to any of your sources that argue similarly to you. You may also use a source as a proponent for or against the opposition to your argument.


Paper #4: Proposal Argument

First draft due: APRIL 27th. Bring 2 copies of half-completed draft (at least 5 pages)

Final Paper due: MAY 4th. Bring 2 copies of finished draft (at least 8 pages)


For this, your final paper, you will propose a solution to a problem. The problem (some area that does not work well) will be pulled from your topic for paper #3. By this time, you will be very well acquainted with the topic, so you should also be aware of some of the “issues” that arise. You need to identify the problem, define it, and then explain the seriousness of it.

Obviously, this paper requires research. It needs at least 5 outside sources and must therefore be accompanied by a Works Cited page. As for paper #3, sources relating to your topic will be found, using the databases provide by SCC’s library, in peer reviewed journals or books. You might also find that one or more of the sources you used for paper #3 will be useful, and if so, make sure not to copy the same material from paper #3 but to find material in the source that pertains to paper #4 and that is relevant to a problem or solution.