Thesis & Annotated Bibliography (both sides)InstructionsThis week, submit the following:
- A thesis statement stating your opinion/conclusion on the issue, the supporting points you will offer and at least one relevant opposing view you will address.
An annotated bibliography with evaluation of at least five (5) sources you intend to use in your final paper to support your claim.
- These are sources that provide evidence to support that your claim should be accepted by the reader.
- Scholarly sources are preferred and should be used where available; due to the nature of some of the topics, authoritative articles in very high quality substantive journals may also be acceptable.
Use the Source Evaluation Worksheet to determine the following:
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If your source is current
- If it is not current, explain why you think it is acceptable.
- If your source is credible, reliable, and authoritative
How well your source supports your thesis
- If the annotation does not make this obvious, explain to your instructor how you will use it.
If your support is popular
- If it is, explain to your instructor why you think it is acceptable.
Prepare a citation, annotation, and evaluation for each source.
Click on the following link for an example:
Link: How to Complete the Source Evaluation Worksheet
Annotation ExampleWaite, L. J., Goldschneider, F. K., & Witsberger, C. (1986). Nonfamily living and the erosion of traditional family orientations among young adults. American Sociological Review, 51, 541-554.
The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Young Men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young males. Increasing the time away from parents before marrying increased individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in attitudes about families. In contrast, an earlier study by Williams cited below shows no significant gender differences in sex role attitudes as a result of nonfamily living.
Source Evaluation Example 2a. While this source is not current, it has formed the basis for numerous follow-up studies and it frequently cited in the literature; it has both historical value and also serves as a base-point for tracking changing attitudes.
2b. This is a scholarly source; the source is credible, reliable and authoritative. The authors were experts in their fields, published their study in a peer-reviewed journal, and the study has held up under rigorous scrutiny by other experts in the field.
2c. This source strongly supports my thesis that the current pattern of young adults remaining with family because they cannot afford independent living due to student loan obligations is having a negative effect on young adults developing self-sufficiency and individualism.
2d. This source is popular; it is used to show how public opinion was influenced by advertising.
Writing Requirements (APA format)
- Length: 100-150 words per source for Part 1;50-80 words per source for Part 2 (not including title page or references page)
- 1-inch margins
- Double spaced
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- Title page
- References page
Thesis & Annotated Bibliography (both sides) Instructions This week, submit the following: A thesis statement stating your opinion/conclusion on the issue, the supporting points you will offer and
First paper Instructions This week, you will choose one of the following topics for your project: Defunding the police Critical race theory Gender dysphoria treatment Mandatory vaccination Healthcare equity Pandemic planning and response Nursing homes – Inadequate staffing and mandatory overtime Expanding the Nurse Licensure Compact Holistic medicine Telehealth If you want to propose a different topic, you must have the consent of your instructor. When you choose a topic, think of specific issues under that topic that you will explore. Click on the following link for an example: Link: Immigration Topic Example The topic of immigration could raise the following issues: Should the United States eliminate all barriers to immigration and adopt an open border policy? Should the United States grant amnesty to undocumented immigrants who have peacefully and productively settled in the United States? Should undocumented immigrants be afforded social services such as free health care? Should cities, counties or states have the right to declare themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants? For the assignment this week, address the following: State the topic chosen from the list or topic approved by instructor. State the specific issue you will explore. This must be stated either as a question (“Should prostitution be legalized?”) or a whether-or-not statement (“Whether prostitution should be legalized”). For the stated issue, state three (3) aspects of the issue that you think you will likely develop in your paper. Briefly state why you have chosen each aspect. You are not confined to three aspects only, but you must develop at least three. As you develop your paper, you may find other aspects that you deem more relevant, and may add or substitute those. Example: For the topic of prostitution, you might examine the aspect of personal autonomy, public health aspects, and law enforcement aspects, at a minimum. Example: For the topic of free healthcare for undocumented persons, you might address economic aspects, ethical aspects, and public health aspects, at a minimum. Writing Requirements (APA format) Length: 1-1.5 pages (not including title page or references page) 1-inch margins Double spaced 12-point Times New Roman font Title page References page Second paper InstructionsThis week, you will conduct an issue review for your selected topic for your project. Present a brief report of your research on both sides of the issue. This should include the following: Citation of your sources Links to the sources where available Brief description of the content of each of the sources (50 to 80 words for each source) Your research review should address at least three (3) aspects of the issue that is the subject of your paper and must present at least one pro and one con article review on each aspect. Sources should be scholarly or of very high substantive quality. Click on the following link to view an example. The first aspect is written out completely, with APA citation and brief description of content. The next two aspects should be completely written out by you in your report, including correct APA citation and brief description of content. Link: Example Issue Review Issue: Legalization of Prostitution Aspect 1: SafetyPro: Stern, S. W., (2019). Sex workers of the world unite. The American Scholar, pp. 40-54. The author presents the case, largely though the words of sex-workers themselves, for de-criminalization and for allowing sex workers to control the conditions of their work—that is, to operate brothels themselves, choose their physicians, provide and receive benefits, and work outside brothels if they so choose – which will make them safer and less apt to be exploited. Con: Der Spiegel Staff. (2013, May). How legalizing prostitution has failed. Der Spiegel Online. https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/human-trafficking-persists-despite-legality-of-prostitution-in-germany-a-902533.html Staff writers report that since de-criminalization of prostitution in Germany in 2003, exploitation and human trafficking remain significant problems. According to one German law enforcement officer, Germany is a “center for the sexual exploitation of young women from Eastern Europe, as well as a sphere of activity for organized crime groups from around the world” (Germany’s Human Trafficking Problem section) Aspect 2: SESTA/FOSTAPro: (APA citation to article supporting SESTA legislation; brief description of content) Con: (APA citation to article against SESTA legislation; brief description of content) Aspect 3: EconomicsPro: (APA citation to article showing better income/standard of living after de-criminalization; brief description of content) Con: (APA citation to article showing real economic benefit is to pimps, traffickers brief; description of content) Because the topics vary widely, the nature of your research will also vary. If you are writing about gene therapy, for example, you will have to support your points with scholarly medical opinion. You may need to review researching techniques. Visit the research links provided in the Required Resources section in this activity for more information. Writing Requirements (APA format) Length: 1-2 pages (not including title page) 1-inch margins Double spaced 12-point Times New Roman font Title page References page Next paper InstructionsThis week, you will complete your argumentative paper. Following the directions in assigned textbook reading on how write an argumentative essay on the issue you chose in Week 1. Be sure your essay contains the following: An opening paragraph that states a clear thesis that is focused, plausible, and arguable and that gives direction and purpose to the paper A fair-minded, balanced, and objective development of the pros and cons of the issue in a well-organized sequence of ideas, free of mechanical errors Credible, reliable, and authoritative evidence in support of the points made A strong conclusion that summarizes your views, reminds the audience of the issue and its importance, and shows in brief that you have successfully defended your thesis Note As you do your research, it is permissible to change your sources. Also, because of the recency and relevance of these issues, no sources older than 5 years should be used other than as historical information. Critical thinkers do the research first and then side with the preponderance of evidence. You might want to follow that principle. Writing Requirements (APA format) Length: 4-6 pages (not including title page or references page) 1-inch margins Double spaced 12-point Times New Roman font Title page References page