Research Essay Part 1, the Research Essay Thesis, is a one or two paragraph description of your research project based on the course theme of “The American Dream: Dead or Alive?” and the long work course reading, Scratch Beginnings, by Adam Shepard. This is the first exploration into your essay, and since it is a working thesis, by its very nature it’s subject to change. As you do your research your ideas and opinions should change, as you open yourself up to more information and differing points of view. Even so, the basic topic of your essay should remain the same, so choose your topic carefully. Follow all MLA guidelines including formatting, in-text citations and works cited when using borrowed material.