STEP THREE: RESEARCH ESSAY Minimum length: 12 pages. Remember that this does not include the Works Cited sections! Since you all have made it to a 300-level college writing class, either by taking Discourse 100 and 200 or by meeting the prerequisites in other ways, I’m assuming you have some prior experience writing research essays of a decent length, even if they may not have been as long or deeply researched as this one. Nevertheless, I recommend reading chapter 10 of the online Krause text before you begin, even if you do not think you need a refresher—but especially if you do! Remember that academic research essays of this sort require you to provide a substantial amount of support and development. In addition to all the usual principles of good organization (effective introduction and conclusion, strong unifying thesis, on-topic supporting paragraphs with good transitions), an effective essay will strike a balance between providing background information from your sources, and letting your own voice explain connections and develop your thesis. It also goes without saying that all the usual expectations and requirements for formal written work (found in the syllabus) apply to these essays as well as they do to any other: you must use MLA style, properly cite everything, and submit in an accepted document format. You’ll be submitting a partial (or complete) rough draft to me as a “progress report” in Week 10, halfway between the submission of the annotated bibliography and the due date for the research essay. The ample amount of time in the schedule during the second half will give you enough time to make a substantial rough draft, give me time to read and make comments on it, and finally give you time to make changes or revisions before submitting the finished product for a grade.