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Assignment 4 Instructions and Drop Box
For this assignment, you will gain experience with writing either a personal essay or an expository essay. In either case, you will incorporate and cite sources that you located through research.
Essay length: 1,000–1,200 words
Weight: This assignment is worth 15% of your grade.
Choose one topic from either List A: Personal Essay Topics or List B: Expository Essay Topics.
Note that within List B there are three subcategories: comparison-contrast, classification-division, and directional process.
Begin your research. You might start with a general Google search and then a Google Scholar search, but you will also need to visit the AU Library databases to find sound academic articles.
When you’re first learning about a topic, Wikipedia might be an appropriate place to start, but always move on from Wikipedia. As an open-source website that anyone—with or without credentials—can contribute to, it is not sufficiently trustworthy for academic purposes. Therefore, do not quote or paraphrase Wikipedia. This is not a source your tutor will want to see on your citation list. Be equally careful of other questionable websites.
Find two to six reputable secondary sources and review them carefully. At least one of these sources should be a peer-reviewed journal article accessed through the AU Library databases (unless your tutor has agreed to waive this requirement).
Hint: In Part 2, Section 1 of Acting on Words, read the segment “Primary and Secondary Sources” for a sound explanation of these types of sources. That section also provides helpful guidance on getting started with research and locating reputable sources. Your tutor will also be pleased to help.
Based on the information you found in your research, as well as your own brainstorming, develop a straightforward thesis that is sufficiently limited in scope (meaning that you can do justice to it in a short essay).
Create a very brief outline of the main points you plan to cover in your essay.
Before proceeding further, ask your tutor to review your thesis statement and your very brief outline.
Write the first draft of your essay. Your essay must be approximately 1,000 to 1,200 words in length (about four double-spaced typed pages).
As you write, integrate information from your research. Of the two to six sources you located and reviewed in Step 3, choose at least two (and no more than four) secondary sources to use within your essay, and then add quotations and paraphrases from them. Every time you paraphrase or quote, follow these four steps to cite and integrate the source properly:
Introduce the source.
Present the research.
Credit the source parenthetically.