Research Social Media 2
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Research Social Media
I have two assignments. One is to write a research paper of 9 pages using at least 8 reliable sources + one source from the book attached. So 9 sources. Assignment two is to write a proposal about the research paper you wrote. The proposal should be 2 pages and you can use first person pronounce. Both assignment must be in MLA format.
Attached are the proposal assignment, the research assignment, A chapter from the book that one of them has to be used in the research as I said, and an outline. The research MUST follow the outline I attached.
WR 102: Research Paper Outline/ Template:
This outline should feature your best thinking regarding your research paper topic, and should be as close as possible to your exact structure.
2. Central/Organizing Research Question?
3. Sub Questions
a. Sub Question?
b. Sub Question?
c. Sub Question?
d. Sub Question?
e. Sub Question?
|I. Topic: Name this in 10 words or less. Make it interesting.Social media and its influence on consumer behavior|
|II. Central Research Question: What do you want to know, overall? This is the central curiosity about your topic, and it will drive all of your research.Dose social media influence consumer behavior|
|III. Sub-Questions: List four-five sub-questions. These pertain to your research question.||Estimate # of pages:|
|SQ 1.What is social media? List of what are you going to write about such as facebook, twitter, ….|
|SQ 2.Who uses it + why|
|SQ 3.In what ways does it influence consumer behavior|
|SQ 4.Does this vary between groups|
Final Research Paper (Synthesis #2) Assignment Sheet
The last major assignment of the semester is also the longest and requires the most work with argument, exploration of ideas, selection of sources, and revision. The other assignments help prepare you for the challenge. This final Synthesis #2 essay must be on a topic of your choosing (and ideally related to one of the themes from the text) and include at least 7 secondary sources. Ideally, one or two of these sources must be essays from or text. You certainly use items decided upon in your Bibliography assignment but you may also change or update them.
This final synthesis essay gives you a chance to really stretch your writing muscles and discuss your topic in numerous ways to engage or persuade your reader. Of course, this is an argument synthesis so you are arguing a specific point and uses sources to help your point come to light and appear logical and persuasive. Your sources will be valuable in providing examples or support for your ideas as well as counter arguments or ideas that you will shoot down or dismiss as you argue yourself.
Compose a 8-10 page/7-10 source argument synthesis in the topic of your choice. You will have initially developed this idea in your Proposal assignment and Bibliography, but you may choose to update and change either one of these previous assignments (this is often what happens in research). You, by now, have to have discussed your topic with me. Remember, you may argue a position in this essay and use sources to help prove your point. You may also be choosing not to argue but to explore a topic that is new to you, or one you want to learn more about. In both cases, your central research question and sub-questions will be critical.
As with Synthesis #1 you want your sources to have a dialogue and work on your terms. Do not simply support one of your sources as the only way to see something; instead, decide your approach and use the sources to help you build points. You may certainly string together points that you like from several articles and combine them into a persuasive statement of your own. This is one way to see how a synthesis builds. Your job is to conduct the orchestra and use the skills you have summarizing, critiquing and arguing to bring the reader to your point of view.
Ten pages and ten sources might seem a monstrous task as you first read this. But slow down a minute. If you break your argument into three or four main points (your sub-questions) and build your paper in sections instead of trying to do it all at once, you will find the task much easier and even enjoyable. Expect a page or so for the introduction and conclusion, each, and then decide what your sections will be.
So work on this essay in “chunks” and perhaps think about your sources coming in line with these chunks too. Could this mean that you are writing 3 or 4 small critique papers and then revising to make them all flow together? It could. I will help you see the drafting here in stages and we will meet to discuss your paper. Peer writing groups will also help you develop your essay.
This paper is actually in three steps:
· Step One: Your annotated bibliography*
· Step Two: Your research proposal*
· Step Three: Your final paper.
· Your final paper has its own required steps**:
· Research Question
*Step One and Two must be handed in before you begin your writing.
**You are required to submit your topic, research questions, sub-questions to me and get feedback before you begin. Trust me – this will help.
Nuts and Bolts
12 point font, Times New Roman
Typed, double-space, 1″ margins.
Standard Written English!
MLA Style and Works Cited Page please.
8-10 pages in length with at least 7-10 sources.
Research Proposal Assignment Sheet
Coming after the Annotated Bibliography, our next assignment deals with a brief but equally important form of academic writing: the proposal. You will develop the paper you propose here as your Synthesis #2. For a number of reasons, the Proposal is an assignment you want to master for our class and beyond.
In upper level classes, you may write proposals for long projects and essays. You will also use proposals in formulating business plans and almost any group project that involves producing documents or other deliverables. Proposals are also embedded in the writing process itself in the Invention stage of discovering an idea. Finally, a proposal is often the first step in taking action to get something done or secured in many industries, grant, or government office as well as a variety of other areas of work. Proposals, and proposal writing, count a great deal. Our Proposal assignment will take a general approach and provide you with the basics to build on in your later courses.
For our assignment, I want you to write a proposal on a topic that interests you and is new to you. I do not want you writing about a topic you have written about before in any course. I want to give you maximum freedom to let your mind roam here, but also need to limit the range to a topic that is in some way related to the four chapters from our text: “Business and Economy”, “Media and Popular Culture”, “Health and Medicine”, and Science and Technology”. Choose a topic from the themes explored in our text that has something to do with two (or more) of our readings.
Your Proposal should be between 2-3 pages long and lay out a specific plan you have for developing a 10-page paper with 7-10 sources: your Synthesis #2.
Your Proposal will have four distinct parts: Introduction, Discussion, and Conclusion. Please use these subheadings in your Proposal. You may use first or third person in the Proposal. I suggest you use first person and stay with this perspective the entire time.
Your Introduction should layout the topic area and your interest and what motivated or sparked your interest.
The Discussion (or body) section should discuss what you think you may find out or what areas you are eager to learn about in your writing. At some point in this section, discuss the two sources that somehow figured into your proposal and interest. Perhaps the articles left you with a question or need for further information?
The Methodology section should list your method of pursuing your topic, step by step. What will you do first, and why? Will you begin writing or researching or a little of both? Be concrete here. Do not leave the reader guessing. What sorts of writing process will you follow? How many drafts will you probably make? When and where will you do research? (Be as specific as saying, “I will write 2 pages of freewriting to think of ideas to research along with a 10 item list.”) Remember now, you are proposing to do a longer, 7-10 page essay about this topic, so try to propose a realistic approach and method here.
The Conclusion: All good writing includes effective conclusions. Wrap up your proposal by doing just that; point back to the most important ideas, restate or remind the reader as to what they are, and conclude.
One nice thing about the Proposal is that it is fairly short at 2-3 pages. The tough thing, though, is it almost has to be perfect in terms of sentence structure and grammar and mechanics due to this short length. Proposals don’t take long to read, so your reader will be picky and easily remember any sentence fragments or grammar mistakes. Proofreading and Finalizing are very important!
This is a 10 point paper with the following point values:
· 4 points for the main idea and critical thinking in the proposal in general
· 1 points for developing each section (Introduction, Discussion, Methodology, Conclusion)
· 2 points for sentence structure, grammar and mechanics
Nuts and Bolts
Typed, double-space, 1″ margins. Please use Standard Written English!
Between 2-3 pages in length.