The annotated bibliography will provide you with much of the research you’ll need for this essay, but you’ll find that you continue to conduct research while you’re writing. You will need to incorporate 8 credible sources into your final draft.
In your essay you will argue for a position on your topic. You will use various paragraph types and weave together various types of argument in service of your main argument. You will need to appropriately organize the essay to prove your main argument and maintain your audience’s interest. You will use rhetorical strategies in order to create a compelling argument.
Your ultimate goal is to persuade your audience to consider your position, even if they do not ultimately change their position. Your essay must address all sides of the argument.
Most arguments today utilize visuals as a way to develop or strengthen their points. You will create at least one visual for your essay—a chart, a graph, a mock-up, a photo narrative, an advertisement, an artist’s rendering, etc. You will not be graded on your artistic ability but rather your rhetorical ability.
You must choose a specific audience for this piece. Who will read this essay? Where would this essay appear—a website, a magazine on careers, a blog, an essay for someone who has a similar interest or who doesn’t know anything, etc.?
Your finished essay must be at least 2,500 words and formatted following MLA 8th ed. guidelines.
You must find and correctly cite 8 credible sources.
You must include direct quotations, paraphrase, and summary.
You must create an image to include as part of your argument.
You must include a cover letter that explains your writing process.
You MUST include in-text citations as well as a works cited sheet following MLA 8th edition guidelines. Please see the citations materials we’ve covered or the Purdue OWL website.
Those are pretty much the instructiuons. I chose for my topic to be on why water is wasted on grass lawns and how it is america’s most irrigated crop. There are many alternatives or better yet start a graden.
These are some of my sources I found:
Critical reading, selection, and synthesis of secondary sources
Application of ideas in secondary source(s) to analysis
Effective integration and appropriate documentation of ideas from secondary source(s)
Contribution of new information
Establishing a position and writing a claim
Incorporation of counterarguments and other positions
Organization of a variety of information and paragraph types into a coherent essay
Inclusion of different argument types
Clear and nuanced thesis that guides the essay
Effective selection and use of secondary sources
Clear introduction and development of the scholarly/professional texts that the writer chooses to include
Fully supported analysis, including detailed references to secondary articles
Argument and research that yields some new insight or comes to some new position
A variety of paragraph types used to develop a complete picture of the subject
A counterargument or counterarguments
Audience appropriate language, subject, tone, formatting: in short, the writer demonstrates audience awareness and attempts to meet expected conventions (including citation and documentation of sources and editing/proofreading of final draft)
Appropriate grammar conventions, meet the page requirement, and choose a format
Engagement in peer review and revision