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Final DraftClearly developed thesis statement that takes a position in response to the class’s closed research theme question
An introductory paragraph that presents the thesis statement, frames the thesis within the context of a “conversation” related to the class’s closed research theme, and attempts to engage readers, making a case for the importance of the issue or problem being addressed
Arguments in support of the thesis that include evidence from closed research theme readings, background readings, and/or independent library research, and effective reasoning that explains how the evidence proves the argument, clarifies ideas and perspectives, and/or elaborates on what the writer means
A logical organizational structure and effective use of transitional words and phrases to show the relationships of ideas between and within paragraphs
In-text citations of “They Say” summaries and quotations of the closed research theme readings, background readings, and/or independent library research
Use of at least 4 sources, at least 1 of which comes from the Ivy Tech Library databases.
APA or MLA style formatting, as specified by your instructor, with a References (APA) or Works Cited (MLA) page
Observation of the conventions of Standard Written English
Minimum 1250 words for the final draft (Works Cited or References list does not count in the minimum word-count requirement)
See the assessment rubric in the assignment page “M08 Writing Project 3 Argument: Final Draft” for an understanding of how the final draft will be graded