Assignment 1: Research Topics with Explanation
Due Week 2 and worth 100 points

Read through the list of research topics (located in the Appendix), or by clicking the link here, on which to write a research paper. Select three (3) topics that interest you most and identify two (2) credible sources for each topic. Note: This is one (1) of several parts that will build toward a final draft of your persuasive writing research paper.

Write a one to two (1-2) page paper in which you:

  1. Explain the reason for selecting topic one (1), identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis statement.
  2. Explain the reason for selecting topic two (2), identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis statement.
  3. Explain the reason for selecting topic three (3), identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis statement.
  4. Identify and document six (6) credible sources (two (2) for each topic) that you would expect to use. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting guidelines:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Recognize the elements and correct use of a thesis statement.
  • Associate the features of audience, purpose, and text with various genres.
  • Recognize correct APA documentation and reasons to document and avoid plagiarism.
  • Write clearly and concisely about selected topics using proper writing mechanics.
  • Use technology and information resources to research selected issues for this course.

Assignment 2: Research Proposal – Thesis, Major Points, and Plan
Due Week 3 and worth 120 points

Select a topic on which your persuasive writing paper will be focused.

Write a one to two (1-2) page research proposal in which you:

  1. Identify the topic you selected and explain two (2) reasons for using it.
  2. Include a defensible, relevant thesis statement in the first paragraph.
  3. Describe three (3) major characteristics of your audience (official position, decision-making power, current view on topic, other important characteristic).
  4. Describe the paper’s scope and outline the major sections.
  5. Identify and explain the questions to be answered.
  6. Explain your research plan, including the methods of researching and organizing research.
  7. Document at least three (3) primary sources and three (3) secondary sources. Use credible, academic sources available through Strayer University’s Resource Center. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting guidelines:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Recognize the elements and correct use of a thesis statement.
  • Write a research proposal that states the claim and scope of the research project.
  • Outline the main sections of the research project.
  • Devise an ordered research plan to obtain appropriate resources.
  • Write clearly and concisely about selected topics using proper writing mechanics.
  • Use technology and information resources to research selected issues for this course.

Assignment 3: Persuasive Paper Part 1: A Problem Exists
Due Week 5 and worth 150 points

Using your thesis statement and research, present the problem that needs to be addressed with your proposed solution. Note: Your solution, advantages, and challenges, will be in Parts 2 and 3.

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

  1. Provide an appropriate title and an interesting opening paragraph to appeal to your stated audience (appeal with logic, ethics, or emotion).
  2. Include a defensible, relevant thesis statement in the first paragraph. (Revised from Assignment 2)
  3. Describe the history and status of the issue and provide an overview of the problem(s) that need to be addressed. This should be one or two (1-2) paragraphs.
  4. Explain the first problem (economic, social, political, environmental, complexity, inequity, ethical/moral, etc.) and provide support for your claims. This should be one or two (1-2) paragraphs.
  5. Explain the second problem (economic, social, political, environmental, complexity, inequity, ethical/moral, etc.). and provide support for your claims. This should be one or two (1-2) paragraphs.
  6. Explain the third problem (economic, social, political, environmental, complexity, inequity, ethical/moral, etc.) and provide support for your claims. This should be one or two (1-2) paragraphs.
  7. Provide a concluding paragraph that summarizes the stated problems and promises a solution.
  8. Develop a coherently structured paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.
  9. Use effective transitional words, phrases, and sentences throughout the paper.
  10. Support claims with at least three (3) quality, relevant references. Use credible, academic sources available through Strayer University’s Resource Center. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting guidelines:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

Note: Submit your assignment to the designated plagiarism program so that you can make revisions before submitting your paper to your professor.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Recognize the elements and correct use of a thesis statement.
  • Recognize the use of summary, paraphrasing, and quotation to communicate the main points of a text.
  • Analyze the rhetorical strategies of ethos, pathos, logos in writing samples and for incorporation into essays or presentations.
  • Prepare a research project that supports an argument with structure and format appropriate to the genre.
  • Recognize how to organize ideas with transitional words, phrases, and sentences.
  • Incorporate relevant, properly documented sources to substantiate ideas.
  • Write clearly and concisely about selected topics using proper writing mechanics.
  • Use technology and information resources to research selected issues for this course

Topics / Questions

Course Section

1) Should taxes on people making over $250,000 a year be changed?

2) Should Transportation Security (TSA) regulations be changed?

3) Should regulations for home schools be changed?

4) Should funding for the U.S. space program be changed?

5) Should changes be made to the regulations for foods that are served in public schools?

6) Should changes be made to regulations for mental health drugs for minors?

7) Should regulations be changed regarding genetically altering plants and/or animals?

8) Should the Family and Medical Leave Act be changed?

9) Should taxes on alcohol and tobacco be increased to help pay for rising medical costs?

10) Should regulations regarding the use of cell phones while driving be standardized?

11) Should the instant replay used in the NFL be applied to other sports?

12) Should regulations regarding payment of college athletes be changed?

13) Should minors who commit violent crimes be tried as adults?

14) Should child welfare regulations be changed?

15) Should DUI (driving under the influence) laws be changed?

16) Should sex offender registration laws be changed?

17) Should laws governing student laws be changed?

18) Should laws governing nursing homes be changed?

19) Should children of parents who do not allow them to be vaccinated be allowed to attend public school?

20) Should unemployment regulations and benefits be changed?

21) Should rules requiring all members of a jury to agree for conviction be changed?

22) Should financial incentives be offered to high school students to perform well on standardized tests?

23) Should the government offer tax credits for the purchase of hybrid or alternative energy vehicles?

24) Should the U.S. Government prohibit companies from outsourcing jobs to people in foreign countries that do not have unions and / or fair labor laws?

25) Should the U.S. government provide financial assistance to people whose retirement funds were invested in the stock of companies that may have used unethical accounting practices (e.g., Enron, Arthur Andersen, etc.)?

26) Should colleges and universities expel students who are caught cheating on exams and / or plagiarizing their homework assignments?

27) Should the U.S. prohibit trade with countries that have poor records on human rights?

28) Should vehicles (cars, trucks, vans, SUVs) be required to have backup cameras?

29) Should all U.S. students be required to take four years of foreign language in high school?

30) Should the state and / or federal government provide subsidies to organic farmers?

31) Should all states require motorcyclists and passengers to wear helmets?

32) Should state and local governments provide health insurance only for retirees who have served 20 years in government service?

33) Should your state or local government enact different laws regarding certain animals (e.g., pit bulls)?

 
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