For this essay, you will need to research a topic of particular importance to you and, by extension, a general audience. Perhaps you have a “burning question” that you’d like to answer, or you may want to research a topic that is of current debate or public interest. Whatever the case, you’ll need to develop an arguable thesis for that topic and find reliable sources to support that thesis as you logically support it with your own ideas.
The essay must be at least five paragraphs long and at least two typed, double-spaced pages long with a Works Cited page as your third or fourth page. The Works Cited page will have at least three separate entries, one for each academic and reliable source. One of your sources should be a library source.
In the essay’s introduction paragraph, you’ll include a researched and cited attention-grabber and a smooth transition to your arguable thesis, which will be the last sentence of the paragraph. This paragraph is usually 4-6 sentences long.
In each body paragraph, you’ll write an opinionated topic sentence that gives the main point for the entire paragraph. The topic sentence is one opinionated point that helps to support your essay’s thesis. You’ll write several supporting sentences in the paragraph, including your logical discussion points, one quote and and one paraphrase from your source(s), discussion of your source information, and a concluding sentence. Please include smooth, clear transitions between paragraphs. Body paragraphs are usually at least 6-8 sentences long.
In the conclusion paragraph, you’ll stress your thesis and offer a final researched and cited point. Make sure that you don’t repeat the supporting points you’ve already made in the essay. Try to say something new and interesting to wrap up the essay. This paragraph is usually 3-4 sentences long.
Note: You will write this essay using third-person point of view, so even though you are focusing on something of interest to you, you won’t mention or refer to yourself at any point in the essay.
MLA Format: You will use MLA format for document formatting, for in-text citations, and for your Works Cited page. You will need to use free online resources to check your formatting for accuracy.
1. Google: OWL Purdue MLA and use the side menu for examples of Works Cited page and in-text citation formatting. I also recommend using the sample MLA paper as an example of proper formatting and for examples of Works Cited entries.
2. You might also visit chompchomp.com for help with grammar issues, such as commas and run-on sentences.