Explaining a Concept Research

Explaining a Concept Research

We will be working on the Explaining a Concept Paper for the next four units, as this is the longest paper you will write for this class. The Explaining a Concept Paper will be due at the end of Unit 14.
In the Explaining a Concept Paper, you will simply want to explain a concept of your choice, using research to support your explanations/definitions. This paper should be at least 4-6 pages long, it should include at least two sources, and it should accomplish the following:
*Inform your particular audience about a specific subject.
*Present information confidently and efficiently.
*Use established information for support, as well as personal “evidence” (if applicable) such as short anecdotes and examples from your own experience, or the experience of others.
*Maintain an informative tone (not an argumentative tone, as this is not an argumentative or persuasive paper).
Unit 11 is designed to familiarize you with the Explaining a Concept paper, and to help you choose a topic. I would like each of you to discuss your topic ideas on the discussion board this unit.
Looking ahead, Unit 12 will discuss strategies to consider in terms of your approach to this paper, and Unit 13 will explain the basic structure of papers such as this. Unit 14 is designed to give you time to revise.
Complete pages 166-168 in the 9th edition textbook, “Considering Explanatory Strategies,” “Defining Your Purpose for your Readers,” and “Formulating a Tentative Thesis Statement.” You do not need to turn this assignment in to me; it is for your reference only.
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Complete a full draft of your Explaining a Concept Paper with Research. See this unit’s lesson for specific requirements.
In this unit, you will want to revise your own work to the best possible quality. I strongly recommend that in addition to reviewing your work yourself, you find yourself an outside reader—someone who will read your work and offer you suggestions for revisions.
You have two options in choosing an outside reader:
1.) You can find someone on your own to read your work (ie. your spouse, one of your kids, a friend, a neighbor).
2.) You can sign up for the Peer Review Option by emailing me. (I’ll set up an email list, so that you and 2-3 of your classmates can email each other your drafts and get feedback.)

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