HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE Department of English English 1302 Professor Schweitzer Composition II Distance Education Psychology / Social Science Research Essay Due: By midnight on the date indicated on the syllabus, uploaded to Eagle Online. No late papers may be accepted under any circumstances. Specifications: Students must complete a four to five page research paper. Papers can be no shorter than four full pages or more than five and a half pages, typed and double-spaced with one-inch standard margins. (Note: page length does not include such apparatus as headers, titles, page numbers, graphics, or Works Cited.) See the “Course Appendices” for the two formatting choices for formal essays. Attempting artificially to pad the length by changing fonts, font sizes, kerning, line spacing, or margins will result in automatic failure on the assignment. Remember—the instructor is deaf, not blind. Students should use the Modern Language Association of America’s parenthetical citation method, with, if needed, endnotes. In addition to one copy of the essay being uploaded to the course website, students must submit their papers via http://turnitin.com as well (class number: 5974635; password: punishment). Instructions: Students must write an essay addressing the following question at issue: Of the four hundred plus Texas inmates who have received the death penalty since 1982, how many have expressed remorse for their crimes and/or victims vs. how many express defiance, anger, a sense of injustice, apathy, or in some way obfuscate their guilt? Essay must contain a relevant graph (line, pie, or bar), must contain at least one explanatory endnote, and must use at least three sources (one of which must be the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s “Executed Offenders” website). Criteria: Your research paper will be evaluated by the following criteria— A. Following Instructions / Formatting / Citations 50 pts. • Falls within minimal page requirements 30 pts. • Proper page formatting (see appendix) 10 pts. • Proper use of MLA format for citations, Works Cited page, and endnotes 10 pts. B. Thesis 25 pts. • Thesis is clearly stated in introduction 5 pts. • Thesis can be both argued and argued against 10 pts. • Thesis is sophisticated and subtle 10 pts. C. Argument 25 pts. • Each body paragraph’s relationship to the main thesis is clear 5 pts. • Author’s argument is grounded in appropriate level of research 10 pts. • Author’s arguments and analysis of textual quotations support thesis 10 pts.
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