English 101 is a reading and composition course designed to prepare students to handle a wide range of college writing assignments and to acquire the analytic skills necessary for effective academic preparation. Stress is placed on the organization and composition of objective expository and argumentative essays, including the research paper.
This is a paper for which you research a subject, small in scope, and then write a report, analyzing and evaluating the subject. Your style must be objective, not subjective; your sources must be balanced (not just one perspective); and your information must be professional in nature.
Length: 2,200 words
Required Sources: Ten professional sources are required. They include at least two books, two periodicals, and one internet source.
SAMPLES OF RESEARCH TOPICS AND OF THESIS STATEMENTS
Stem cell research offers opportunities for cures but also ethical problems.
President Franklin Roosevelt’s breaking of the Japanese code and subsequent knowledge of the impending Pearl Harbor attack offers a new perspective on his plans for World War II.
Cancer “cures” through the use of food and supplements offer alternatives to traditional cancer “treatments.”
Form as a reflection of philosophy and function is exemplified in the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Multiple language acquisition at an early age in some countries provides information on the thinking capabilities of young children.
Shakespeare’s discussion of mental and physical disorders reveals an extraordinary knowledge of medicine.
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