Researched Argument for Academic Audience
Using your critical reading, analytical, and evaluative skills, you have located information/perspectives from a variety of sources concerning your topic. You have evaluated the relevancy, accuracy, and credibility of each of your sources and read them critically. You have analyzed different authors’ positions and how each perspective fits into the larger conversation surrounding the issue you are focusing on. By now you have certainly come to some sort of conclusion of your own and should be ready to begin formulating some way of answering or responding to your research question.
Assignment: Drawing from the sources you located through the annotated bibliography assignment and others you will continue to find, write a well-documented academic argument that reveals and supports what you have come to believe about the issue. The paper must have a clear thesis/academic argument that is supported by convincing (and credible) evidence/research that leads to a logical conclusion.
Audience: Academic. Remember the conventions of academic writing and the expectations of an academic reader. In order to effectively persuade your academic audience that your views are valid, you will need to demonstrate an awareness of and consideration of its particular needs and expectations and make adjustments to your writing/rhetorical choices accordingly. Most notably, an academic audience expects your argument to be informed by scholarly research and presented with an academic tone.
Purpose: You are aiming to persuade your academic audience that your conclusion is valid based on the information you have gathered. You have come to your position for a reason (or a set of reasons). It’s time to lay out those reasons logically and support them convincingly so that your reader will find your ideas credible and worthy of consideration.
Evaluation Criteria: The basic elements of argument should be demonstrated in this assignment. A passing paper will
- have a clear thesis that serves as the focus of the paper
- provide necessary background/put the argument into context/lay out the conversation that the argument is in response or reaction to
- be organized logically so the audience can easily follow the reasoning
- fully develop ideas by providing necessary details that improve clarity and understanding
- state claims and support the claims with evidence (examples, explanations, illustrations) that satisfies the demands of an academic audience (relying mostly on logic)
- effectively deal with counterclaims, refute opposition, and/or concede minor points
- establish credibility through the appropriate use of a variety of authoritative/primarily scholarly sources obtained primarily through the UTC Library databases
- accurately represent the main ideas of outside sources and effectively negotiate disagreement among authors about the issue
- document sources clearly, correctly, and consistently using both signal phrases (attribution) and MLA in-text parenthetical citation with a works cited page (refer to Bedford Handbook)
- be clear, concise, coherent, and mechanically and grammatically correct.