|Due By (Pacific Time)
||12/05/2016 07:00 pm
Is capital punishment humane? Is the current way of execution the most effective and civilized? Does it really matter since these individuals are already condemned to die? Look at past and current ways of execution; also look into new methods that could replace Texas’ current three drug cocktail (possibly Ohio’s new one drug method). Do not get this confused with the debate over if it’s right or if the government has the right to put someone to death.
2016 Controversial Issues Research Paper
Topic: Current controversial issue
You will write a 4-5 page paper (DO Not count the title page or bibliography) covering one particular political, social, or economic controversy. The paper must recognize and forcefully present your argument as well as address the various perspectives and counter-argument (which means you must provide a history for the pro position and a history for the con position). Analyze the supporting evidence, don’t just list it. You have been provided a partial list of controversial topics, as well as those from student suggestions in class.
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You must use a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 sources in your paper, which will be written in MLA format (including a minimum of 6 internal citations). To uncover the best sources, you will need to read as many as 8+ sources, the more the better for knowledge of your topic. Do not shortchange this process. Often the best sources are found after several days of library or on-line research. The first sources you read are not always the best or the most credible or insightful. Once the papers are complete, students will be grouped together by topic and will be required to provide a quick verbal summary of your issue and key findings to the rest of the class.
You will be required to use at least two current on-line or hard copy periodicals (magazines) or major newspapers, and at least one primary source (the verbiage of a law, a constitutional amendment, a group’s manifesto or a policy). Other sources may include but not be limited to TV documentaries, film documentaries, polls, journals, articles, and speeches. You must use logos (facts, figures, statistics), ethos, and if your topic calls for it, pathos.
Wikipedia is not allowed. Each piece of source information you use in your paper (all 6-10 sources) must be printed or copied with the proper MLA citation handwritten neatly at the top of the first page (this should also be at the top of your Cornell Notes). Do not use the format provided at the end of the article. Use the MLA guidelines provided in your MLA documentation packet. These copies will be turned in with your paper.
1. Ask yourself the following about the issue you have chosen:
a. Can I find enough information on my subject?
b. Will I be able to add my own perspective to this topic?
c. Will the approach I take be convincing and insightful to others?
d. Have I addressed more than just the obvious two sides of the issue?
2. Consider your purpose, tone, and audience (your teacher, your peers).
3. Narrow your topic appropriately. For example, the topic of censorship is too broad. The adverse effect of internet censorship on individual rights or the positive effects of limited internet censorship is narrower.
4. Consider the complexity of the issue when looking at your sources and thinking about your topic.
5. Gather support for your own argument and be prepared to refine or even change your position (and therefore your thesis) if the support for the opposing viewpoint is stronger.