Thesis Statement: Parental involvement is vital for academic success and should be emphasized because it enhances academic performance, positivily influences students attitudes and behaviors towards school including classroom conduct, reduces absenteeism and increases motivation.

Task 2: Argumentative Research Paper

 

Writing a research paper gives you an opportunity to explore a topic of special interest, research that topic, and organize your research findings in writing for an academic audience.

 

Through your preparation work, you have established an argumentative thesis statement and have planned a clear organization of your main points. Your research is complete, and the details are integrated into your writing plan. You have pulled it all together in a draft and have revised the paper’s organization, ideas, and words.

 

In this task, you will write the final draft of your argumentative research paper. You may use the sources and thesis from Task 1, but it is not required. Aim for a polished, error-free submission. The writing tone for your research paper should be formal and appropriate for academic writing. The information in the paper should be based on credible source material. If needed, the “Topic Ideas” web link below can be used for selecting your paper topic.

 

The paper must follow APA documentation guidelines and must include an APA-formatted reference list, not your annotated bibliography from Task 1. Any sources that you cite in the paper must be included in the reference list, and any source in the reference list must also be cited within your paper. Please see “Appendix B: APA Format” from the learning resource, found in the web links section below, for additional directions on creating an APA-formatted reference list.

 

Note: An abstract is not required for this task, but including a title page is recommended.

REQUIREMENTS

Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide.

 

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.

 

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in an assessment, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the assessment. 

 

A.  Write an original and cohesive argumentative research paper (suggested length of 8–10 pages).

1.  Provide an effective introduction.

2.  Provide an appropriate thesis statement that previews two to four main points.

3.  Develop each  of the previewed main points in effective paragraphs with support from a variety of sources.

4.  Provide an effective conclusion.

B.  Incorporate seven academically credible sources in your paper.

Note: More than seven sources may be used but are not required.

C.  Acknowledge sources, using APA-formatted in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.

Note: Refer to Appendix B, linked below, for assistance with referencing guidelines.

D.  Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.

File Restrictions

File name may contain only letters, numbers, spaces, and these symbols: ! – _ . * ‘ ( )File size limit: 200 MBFile types allowed: doc, docx, rtf, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, odt, pdf, txt, qt, mov, mpg, avi, mp3, wav, mp4, wma, flv, asf, mpeg, wmv, m4v, svg, tif, tiff, jpeg, jpg, gif, png, zip, rar, tar, 7z

RUBRIC

A:RESEARCH PAPER

NOT EVIDENT

The submission is not in essay format and does not present an original argumentative research paper.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The submission is not in essay format or does not present an original argumentative research paper.

COMPETENT

The submission is in essay format and presents an original argumentative research paper.

A1:INTRODUCTION

NOT EVIDENT

The paper’s introduction is not provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The paper’s introduction does not effectively provide context for the proceeding paper content.

COMPETENT

The paper’s introduction effectively provides context for the proceeding paper content.

A2:THESIS STATEMENT

NOT EVIDENT

The paper’s thesis statement is not provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The paper’s thesis statement does not preview the paper’s 2 to 4 main points, or the thesis statement does not present an appropriate argumentative subject for the paper.

COMPETENT

The paper’s thesis statement previews the paper’s 2 to 4 main points and presents an appropriate argumentative subject for the paper.

A3:MAIN POINTS

NOT EVIDENT

The paper’s main points are not provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The paper’s main points are not effectively developed, or the main points are not each logically supported by more than one source.

COMPETENT

The paper’s main points are effectively developed, and each of the main points is logically supported by more than one source.

A4:CONCLUSION

NOT EVIDENT

The paper’s conclusion is not provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The paper’s conclusion does not effectively summarize the paper’s content, or the paper’s conclusion does not effectively end the paper.

COMPETENT

The paper’s conclusion effectively summarizes and ends the paper’s content.

B:INCORPORATION OF SOURCES

NOT EVIDENT

The paper does not include 7 sources.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The paper’s 7 sources include one or more sources that are not academically credible, or the paper’s 7 sources include one or more sources that are not logically incorporated into the paper.

COMPETENT

The paper logically incorporates 7 academically credible sources.

C:APA SOURCES

NOT EVIDENT

The submission does not include in-text citations and references according to APA style for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The submission includes in-text citations and references for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized but does not demonstrate a consistent application of APA style.

COMPETENT

The submission includes in-text citations and references for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized and demonstrates a consistent application of APA style.

D:PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

NOT EVIDENT

Content is unstructured, is disjointed, or contains pervasive errors in mechanics, usage, or grammar. Vocabulary or tone is unprofessional or distracts from the topic.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

Content is poorly organized, is difficult to follow, or contains errors in mechanics, usage, or grammar that cause confusion. Terminology is misused or ineffective.

COMPETENT

Content reflects attention to detail, is organized, and focuses on the main ideas as prescribed in the task or chosen by the candidate. Terminology is pertinent, is used correctly, and effectively conveys the intended meaning. Mechanics, usage, and grammar promote accurate interpretation and understanding.

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