The graduate evaluates the quality, credibility, and relevance of evidence in order to integrate evidence into a final research paper.
The graduate applies steps of the writing process appropriately to improve quality of writing.
The graduate composes an argumentative research paper.
Task 2: Argumentative Research Paper
Writing a research paper gives you an opportunity to explore a topic of special interest, research that topic, and organize your research findings in writing for an academic audience.
Through your preparation work, you have established an argumentative thesis statement and have planned a clear organization of your main points. Your research is complete, and the details are integrated into your writing plan. You have pulled it all together in a draft and have revised the paper’s organization, ideas, and words.
In this task, you will write the final draft of your argumentative research paper. You may use the sources and thesis from Task 1, but it is not required. Aim for a polished, error-free submission. The writing tone for your research paper should be formal and appropriate for academic writing. The information in the paper should be based on credible source material. If needed, the “Topic Ideas” web link below can be used for selecting your paper topic.
The paper must follow APA documentation guidelines and must include an APA-formatted reference list, not your annotated bibliography from Task 1. Any sources that you cite in the paper must be included in the reference list, and any source in the reference list must also be cited within your paper. Please see “Appendix B: APA Format” from the learning resource, found in the web links section below, for additional directions on creating an APA-formatted reference list.
Note: An abstract is not required for this task, but including a title page is recommended.
Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide.
You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.
Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in an assessment, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the assessment.
A. Write an original and cohesive argumentative research paper (suggested length of 8–10 pages).
1. Provide an effective introduction.
2. Provide an appropriate thesis statement that previews two to four main points.
3. Develop each of the previewed main points in effective paragraphs with support from a variety of sources.
4. Provide an effective conclusion.
B. Incorporate seven academically credible sources in your paper.
Note: More than seven sources may be used but are not required.
C. Acknowledge sources, using APA-formatted in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.
Note: Refer to Appendix B, linked below, for assistance with referencing guidelines.
D. Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.
The submission is not in essay format and does not present an original argumentative research paper.
The submission is not in essay format or does not present an original argumentative research paper.
The submission is in essay format and presents an original argumentative research paper.
The paper’s introduction is not provided.
The paper’s introduction does not effectively provide context for the proceeding paper content.
The paper’s introduction effectively provides context for the proceeding paper content.
The paper’s thesis statement is not provided.
The paper’s thesis statement does not preview the paper’s 2 to 4 main points, or the thesis statement does not present an appropriate argumentative subject for the paper.
The paper’s thesis statement previews the paper’s 2 to 4 main points and presents an appropriate argumentative subject for the paper.
The paper’s main points are not provided.
The paper’s main points are not effectively developed, or the main points are not each logically supported by more than one source.
The paper’s main points are effectively developed, and each of the main points is logically supported by more than one source.
The paper’s conclusion is not provided.
The paper’s conclusion does not effectively summarize the paper’s content, or the paper’s conclusion does not effectively end the paper.
The paper’s conclusion effectively summarizes and ends the paper’s content.
B:INCORPORATION OF SOURCES
The paper does not include 7 sources.
The paper’s 7 sources include one or more sources that are not academically credible, or the paper’s 7 sources include one or more sources that are not logically incorporated into the paper.
The paper logically incorporates 7 academically credible sources.
The submission does not include in-text citations and references according to APA style for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.
The submission includes in-text citations and references for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized but does not demonstrate a consistent application of APA style.
The submission includes in-text citations and references for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized and demonstrates a consistent application of APA style.
Content is unstructured, is disjointed, or contains pervasive errors in mechanics, usage, or grammar. Vocabulary or tone is unprofessional or distracts from the topic.
Content is poorly organized, is difficult to follow, or contains errors in mechanics, usage, or grammar that cause confusion. Terminology is misused or ineffective.
Content reflects attention to detail, is organized, and focuses on the main ideas as prescribed in the task or chosen by the candidate. Terminology is pertinent, is used correctly, and effectively conveys the intended meaning. Mechanics, usage, and grammar promote accurate inter