COM 220 RESEARCH WRITING WEEK 5: WORK WEEK WEEKLY OVERVIEW
Students construct a full-sentence outline that includes effective arguments and counterarguments to support their thesis statement. Students also determine the most effective organization for ideas in their outline and create effective statistics, graphs, or illustrations to incorporate into their research papers.
ORGANIZING INFORMATION OBJECTIVES: Construct a full-sentence outline. Develop visuals to strengthen the arguments in a research paper.
FULL-SENTENCE OUTLINE Student responses must focus on creating a full-sentence outline similar to the sample in Organizing Your Research Paper or the sample at http://www.studyguide.org/research_paper_guide_2.htm, with main points indicated by roman numerals, sub-points indicated by capital letters, and supporting examples indicated by Arabic numerals, all followed by periods. Each A must have a B, each 1 must have a 2, and so on. All main points, sub-points, and supporting examples must be written in complete sentences, beginning with capital letters and ending with periods.
Students must organize information in the outline chronologically, logically, or by order of importance. Additionally, students must describe where they placed the most effective argument in their outline and explain why they made that choice. Student responses must also focus on ways to address counterarguments without weakening the student's own premise, such as pointing out bias or fallacies in opponents' arguments. RESOURCES:
Organizing Your Research Paper Bias, Rhetorical Devices, and Argumentation
DUE DATE: Day 4, [Individual Forum] Thurs. 10/30/08 REVIEW the criteria for full-sentence outlines in Organizing Your Research Paper on the aXcess page. CREATE a full sentence outline that includes effective arguments and
counterarguments to support your thesis. (Note: Outline only the body of the paper.) Remember to avoid bias and fallacies and to include rhetorical devices that strengthen your writing. ANSWER the following:
Where did you place the most effective arguments in your paper? Explain
your reasoning. How did you address counterarguments without weakening your own premise? POST the full-sentence outline as a Microsoft Word attachment.
INCORPORATING STATISTICS, GRAPHS, AND ILLUSTRATIONS This assignment provides an opportunity for students to strengthen the arguments in their research papers by creating effective visuals—such as statistics, graphs, charts, and illustrations—that help readers understand the arguments more clearly and accept them more easily.
Incorporating Statistics, Graphs, and Illustrations Creating Table tutorial Axia College Writing Resources Web Site Axia College's Writing Style Handbook
DUE DATE: Day 7, [Individual Forum] Sunday 11/02/08 REVIEW:
the reading Incorporating Statistics, Graphs, and Illustrations on the aXcess page the Microsoft Word tutorial Creating Tables at
the Preparing Effective Charts and Graphs tutorial at the Axia College Writing
Resources Web Site at http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/techcomm8e/tutorials/chartsgraphs/index.html
and Chapter 1 of Axia College's Writing Style Handbook
CONSIDER the following: Effective visuals can illustrate points in your research paper and can help readers understand and accept your arguments more easily. ANSWER the following: Identify the different types of statistics, graphs, and illustrations that are appropriate for your topic. Where do these visuals fit most effectively into your paper? Explain how these visuals strengthen your arguments. NOTE: Do not present the response "I will not use statistics,
graphs, and/or illustrations!" DEVELOP the visuals (at least two) you plan to use in your research paper. Note: Again, you will plan for at least two visuals! WRITE a sentence to introduce each visual within the context of your paper. Do not forget to review the Axia College's Writing Style Handbook for the proper APA in-text documentation for charts, graphs, or illustrations. POST your assignment as a Microsoft Word attachment. WEEK 5: ASSIGNMENTS Assignment Full-Sentence Outline Incorporating Statistics, Graphs, and Illustrations Submission Location Individual Forum Individual Forum Due Date Day 4, Thurs. 10/2/08 Day 7, Sun. 10/5/08