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For the writing assignment in this course, you should write a 4-6-page essay in which you critically review the literature related to one aspect of your chosen topic using no fewer than 5 (FIVE) additional scholarly journal articles from the TWU Library website. You may use readings from this course as part of your essay, but you must use the FIVE additional scholarly sources in addition to whichever course readings you wish to include. Newspapers, Wikipedia, Tumblr, Facebook, Buzzfeed articles, and all other non-scholarly sources are strictly prohibited.
The writing assignment in this course is considered formal writing – this means that I expect you to do all of the following: Write with purpose. Each sentence should contribute to your overall writing (no fillers like very very very very interesting). Additionally, you should use the same glossary of terms that the readings’ authors use; do not make up your own descriiptors or tell the reader “Basically…” Your tone should be literal and formal using proper English spelling and grammar. Do not use clichés, text speak (e.g. ROFL), emoji, non-text characters, or non-scholarly sources. You should write in paragraphs which are organized to fit together. You should use ASA style citations and references for every formal writing assignment. TurnItin will flag your paper if sources are not properly cited. I will review all flags but if your paper has an unusually high plagiarism score this may result in an automatic 0 grade. Typically plagiarism scores should be less than 7%. However, I know that sometimes TurnItin incorrectly flags sentences. You will be notified by me directly if their is an issue.
All essays must use ASA formatting for in-text citations and reference list and be free of spelling and grammatical errors. Your assignment should be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font. Each essay should between 1000-1300 (4-6 pages) words in length, with one-inch margins on all sides and page numbers. Please do not vary your font, font size, spacing, or punctuation in an effort to overcome the length requirement, as this is readily apparent to your instructor.
The Department of Sociology has teamed with the TWU library to produce a writing and research module for your use in this course. At your earliest convenience (before submitting an assignment or post), please download a copy of the writing module and review it thoroughly. Within it, you will find detailed information related to copyright, plagiarism, finding scholarly sources, ASA style and citations, and more. The module even contains video links to short tutorials and screen-casts that can help you spend less time looking and more time writing.
In order to facilitate your critical writing assignment, please refer to the course calendar on Canvas for all due dates. All assignments for the course will be available on the Canvas calendar and updated due dates will be reflected here.
You will be required to submit an outline of your paper, including paragraph by paragraph breakdowns of the points you intend to cover in your assignment. Failure to submit an outline will result in a 25 point deduction from the final paper grade.
Topic: You should type your topic in a word document, as well as one or two sentences specifically identifying what you want to research for your paper. There are numerous ways of approaching any topics, so these descriiptive topical sentences should help me steer you in the right direction for your critical writing assignment.
You should also list any course readings you are planning to use in ASA format.
You should list your FIVE (5) additional sources in ASA format. The purpose of turning in your topic and sources early is to provide me with an opportunity to review the sources and ensure they are accurate and appropriate for the course. A wide variety of scholarly work will be acceptable, but the key will be finding the proper scholarly and peer reviewed work. All sources in a references section should be alphabetized by first author’s last name.
You should include a brief outline of the structure of your paper, including major points you wish to make.