How many people attended an undergraduate institution in the United States in 2017?

Discussion Topic:

As you learned from this unit’s readings, research is about asking and answering questions. In this discussion, you will work with classmates to brainstorm research questions, and identify how and where you can answer those questions.

For your initial post, do the following:

List 1-3 specific research questions you want the answer to. These questions should arise from your work on Essay #2 — the questions should be related to your argument. Your questions should be a mix of “fact,” “value,” and “policy” questions. For instance, you might ask questions like:

Ex: How many people attended an undergraduate institution in the United States in 2017? (“Fact” question.)

Ex: What do college students believe about the purpose of college? (“Value” question.)

Ex: What proposals have been made about ensuring that college graduates are career ready? (“Policy” question.)

For each question, explain why you want to answer each research question. What will knowing the answer add to your essay?

Post two follow-up responses to classmates. In your follow-up posts, do the following:

Suggest 1-3 places your classmate could look to find the answer to each question. Suggest a specific source, web site, database, or keyword search.

Pose an additional question that might help your classmate expand their essay for this unit’s essay assignment.

Your instructor will also offer suggestions and feedback on research questions, but your goal in this discussion should be to work together to identify research methods. 

For all references, use an appropriate form of documentation (MLA, APA, or another standard academic style discussed in Easy Writer.)



For Essay #3, expand Essay #2, by doing the following: MUST HAVE A DRAFT BY NOON JULY 3rd

Conduct library research to find at least two additional outside sources that add to the “conversation” you defined in last unit’s essay. These sources should provide additional context to your argument, and help you make your claims in a more effective manner.

Decide how to include these new sources into a new version of Essay #2.

Perform any other revisions or re-structuring to Essay #2 help strengthen your argument. Use your instructor’s feedback to help guide your revisions.

Create a bullet list of the changes you made in revising Essay #2 to create Essay #3. Include this list either as a second file or an additional page. Failure to submit this required information will result in a grade deduction from essay #3.

As you expand Essay #2 to meet these new goals, you should expand, edit, restructure, and delete, in order to make a clear, effective argument. This unit’s essay should not merely be Essay #2 with a few new paragraphs tacked on, but should be a re-envisioned piece of writing. Remember to continue to appeal to specific audience you identified last week.

Guidelines for Essay #3

Length/Due Date: approximately 1,100 words (not including ref and title), due Sunday Noon Central Standard Time (CST).

Style/Format: This, as all essays in EN106, should be formatted in a standard scholarly format. (Most students follow MLA or APA guidelines, which are outlined in Easy Writer.) No matter what format you follow, be sure to do the following:

Use 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced.

Use 1-inch margins top, bottom, and sides.

Although no cover page is needed, you should include your name, my name, the course number/title, and date at the upper left-hand corner of the manuscript.

Research & Documentation: Because you will use the work of others to make your argument, this essay must include formal references to not only the assigned readings but also the sources you locate via research. Use your skills of quotation, paraphrase, and summary to incorporate these other writers’ perspectives, and be sure to provide in-text citations using a standard scholarly style outlined in Easy Writer, such as MLA or APA.

Works Cited/References: Your essay should include an appropriate bibliography, with an entry for each individual source you reference in the body of the essay. See Easy Writer for directions on how to create appropriate entries for works appearing in an anthology and articles archived in a database. (Hint: Look for the terms “anthology” and “database” in the directories for models in Easy Writer.)

Titles: Include a descriptive title at the beginning of your essay that tips your readers off to your thesis. Do not format your title with quotation marks, boldface, underlining or italics. Quotation marks or underlining are only appropriate if the title borrows words from another source.

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