Research / Thesis Essay Description: A Research/Thesis Essay is a writing assignment where you may either: research a specific topic to gain better insight and then express your interpretations and evaluations, or, make a persuasive argument or take a stand on an issue and then provide evidence to prove the validity of your points. It is important to make references to the facts presented in the materials even when expressing opinions. You may use the course text in addition to other primary sources. (A primary source is a document or object that was created during the time under study. For example, a book about the Declaration of Independence is a secondary source, while the actual Declaration of Independence is a primary source.) The intent of the paper is for you to do research and then convey it in a clear and meaningful way with interpretations and insights. Essay Format: APA Style [refer to: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.] Length: 2,000-2,500 words, 8 Pages Typed using 1” Margins; Double-spaced; 12 point font. Include: Your Name; Course Name; Instructor’s Name; Title; and Date. Footnotes: Required Works Cited: Required Use at least three (3) outside sources (books, articles, commentaries).Introductory Paragraph: Organizing Ideas: Introduce your topic and clearly make a strong thesis statement, which is what you plan to prove or explain in your essay. Thesis statement forms the basis of the essay Decide on a few key ideas that express your thesis statement Each of these key ideas can become their own paragraphs Develop your ideas in each paragraph by using examples, giving details, and using quotes The use of the first person “I” is not appropriate for a research essay.Body of the Essay: Present your ideas in a logical way with references to texts. Concluding Paragraph: Reiteration of your thesis statement and summary of your arguments or points. Conclude. GRADING RUBRIC RESEARCH / THESIS ESSAY Expectations Excellent Fair Poor Introduction: An engaging introduction, states clearly the main topic and previews the structure of the essay. Thesis Statement: Clearly and concisely states the essay’s purpose, which is engaging and thought-provoking. Main Point / Body of the Essay: Well developed main points/topic sentences that relate directly to the thesis. Each paragraph has thoughtful supporting detail sentences that develop the main idea. Organization: Logical and subtle sequencing of ideas through well-developed paragraphs. Transitions are effective and enhance the organization of the essay. Conclusion: The conclusion is engaging and restates the thesis. Style: Writing is smooth, skillful, and coherent. Sentences are strong and expressive with varied structure. Diction is consistent and words are well chosen. Grammar & Mechanics: Punctuation, capitalization, spelling, paragraphing, spacing, indentation, and margining are proper. The ideas have been properly cited with a variety of citation techniques (quotation/ summary/ paraphrase). Citation: All cited works, both text and visual, are done in correct format with no errors. Bibliography: Don in the correct format with no errors. Includes more than 5 major references (e.g. journal articles, books, but no more than two internet sites).