Position Paper (150 points)
Students will write a paper on one side of a current controversy in nutrition. The paper will include the findings of at least two primary studies that were published in nutrition or medical journals, and provide a very brief review of a well-referenced book, or, as an alternative to a book, at least two well-researched and well-referenced articles from reputable health or news websites or other popular-media sources. The paper will be 1000-1200 words long and a grading rubric will be provided in the 5th module posted in the LEO site. You must use APA format and style and double-space your paper.
- Discuss the pros or cons of a vegetarian, vegan, or raw-food diet.
- Discuss the pros or cons of a lower-carb, higher-protein diet, or of a Paleo diet.
- Are nutritional supplements necessary? Can we get all the nutrition we need from a healthy diet? Are there certainsupplements that are essential, despite the views of those who claim that none are necessary? Take a position and justify your arguments.
- Is saturated fat harmful? Should saturated fat, or fat in general, be limited to the extent recommended in government guidelines? Take a side, justify your arguments.
- Is there value in a low-GI diet? Discuss the pros or cons.
- Soy: nutritional friend or foe. Take a side and support your stance.
- Can everyone benefit from a gluten-free diet or only those with celiac disease? Take a side and support your position.
How to name your file: Last,name,firstinitial,position paper, date (Ex: Smith,P_PositionPaper_5.10.16)
Please follow this format for your position paper:
Use headings for each section of the paper and bold them. The headings are highlighted in the directions below.
- Title: An original title expressing either pro or con on the selected issue. (Ex.: “The Downside of _____ Diets,” or “The Health Benefits of ________.”
- Introduction: An introductory paragraph includes a clear thesis statement. (Handout for review: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/thesis-statements/)
This paragraph should also include your position and a brief (3-4 sentences) overview of the findings from your secondary sources. Include why you are taking this position.
- Review of research: In this multi-paragraph section (do not write one long paragraph), describe the findings from your primary references here and use in-text citations(http://libguides.css.edu/c.php?g=41681&p=265025).
Defend your position pro or con in this section.
- Conclusion: This should be a summary of your paper.
- Word count: include word count for body of paper
- Reference List: This list must be in APA format with hanging indentations.
(Your reference list would only include the hanging indentation form. The in-text citation form goes in the body of the paper.
Template for Paper
Heading for paper: name, course, date, instructor
Title: (center title)
Review of research: