Essay Assignment #5: The Research Paper
The last paper for this course is the most traditionally “academic” of all your coursework this
term. The goal of this paper is to research an important language issue. A place you might what
to start is locating any controversies or on-going debates about any specific language issue.
There are seven articles that are assigned for you to read; each one focuses on one of these
issues. You will have to include one of these essays in your final paper and then locate 3 more
sources—only one of which can be from the internet. This means that the rest will come from
the library. There are all kinds of places to search, and we will be covering them as we get
further along in the unit.
Before you begin your research, our class will explore the CSUS library resources. Although for
this paper you should assume a somewhat detached and objective tone, select a language issue
that genuinely interests you which you would like to know more about. Success in writing this
paper will be determined by your level of interest in researching your topic, so choose carefully.
Write a paper that presents a language issue of current interest, or debate. Explain the issue and
various other ways in which other writers and researchers have responded to the issue. Situate
yourself within the topic discussion (happening in articles and books) and make clear your
opinion on the several sides of the issue. Do not write a typical high school research paper that
only deals with one side of the issue; instead, make sure that you show the reader that the issue is
a multifaceted complex issue.
You must demonstrate your ability to effectively integrate primary and secondary
sources into your essay, using summary and quotes intelligently.
Cite only one internet cite; the rest should be from books, academic/professional
journals, or newspapers.
The paper should make a persuasive argument.
The paper should, as much as possible, be written in the language and style of the
books and articles that you are researching.
Length: 4-6 pages (12 pt., New Time Roman font) double-spaced, one inch margins.
Pages numbered at the top right corner, and stapled at the top left corner.
Use in-text citations and include a Works Cited page, following the MLA format.
Friday, 12/3: Bring three copies of your paper (one for me and two for your peers).
Note: I will respond to your drafts in writing. You may then, if you wish, choose to select this
essay for substantial further revision and inclusion as one of the three required formal academic
essays in your Course Portfolio at the end of the semester.