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Research Presentation Submit your response to the following as you would submit any discussion posting:

Introduce, explain key points of, and show how you will use three credible sources in your upcoming research paper. Include a works cited in seventh edition 2009 MLA style.

30 points will be awarded for excellent completion of this task. To get a full 30 points, make sure your presentation is “excellent” in the attached scoring rubric.

Here is a model of a presentation that earned full credit:

1.) My first source is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, published in Washington DC. This book is in fact a cookbook, but there is also a wealth of information of nutrition in the first seventy pages, as well as throughout the book in the two-inch thick margins. Nourishing Traditionschallenges the modern "low-fat" nutrition by saying that fat and cholesterol are good for you. They introduce the lipid hypothesis (the science that modern low-fat nutrition is based off of) and explain why it is wrong.
I will use this source to support my thesis that saturated fats and cholesterol are good for one's health. I will also use this source to refute the counter-argument that there has been research proving that saturated fat and cholesterol are bad for health.
2.) My second source is Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, published in New York. In this book, Taubes seeks to discover the causes of the diseases of civilization, such as diabetes and heart disease. He finds that problem lies not in fats but in refined carbohydrates. He further argues that it is not the quantity of calories that matter, but the quality.
I will use this source to prove in part that many of the health problems commonly attributed to saturated fat are caused by refined carbohydrates.
3.) My third source is an article called "Cholesterol: Friend or Foe?" by Natasha Campbell-McBride, published on the Weston A. Price Foundation website. In this article, Campbell-McBride talks about how cholesterol is essential for the human body. She explains what it does inside the body and what happens when the body does not have enough.
I will use this source support my thesis that cholesterol is essential for good health.

Works Cited

Campbell-McBride, Natasha. “Cholesterol: Friend or Foe?” Weston A. PriceFoundation.

. Weston A. Price Foundation, 2011. Web. Jul. 16, 2011.

Fallon, Sally, and Mary G. Enig. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges

Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. Washington DC:

NewTrends Publishing, Inc, 1999. Print.

Taubes, Gary. Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science

of Diet and Health.New York: Anchor Books, 2007. Print.

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Research Paper

It is your job to write a seven to ten page argumentative research paper (1750 to 2000 words). The paper will be an argument. The paper will be in MLA format, and it will include at least six credible sources. The topic you choose is completely up to you, so long as the paper satisfies all of the analytical and critical criteria of this assignment. If you would like, you may revise and add research to your example essay, cause/effect essay, or argument paper, so long as the thesis is argumentative and you adhere to all of the guidelines.You may also select a new topic.


7-10 pages (1750 word minimum) of content (works cited does not count toward page limit)

At least 6 quality sources (the sources you select demonstrate your ability to evaluate their credibility)

No more than 40 percent of the paper is quotation/paraphrase
Argumentative thesis (the paper is not a report)
MLA internal documentation is correctly used throughout
Quotations are correctly introduced and grammatically agree with sentences containing

and surrounding them(see “attributive tags” inReading Rhetorically) Works Cited in correct MLA format
Argument is logically valid (well supported and argued—no fallacies!) Research is used as evidence to support and develop argument

Two parts:

Research presentation that discusses three of your sources, 30 points Complete paper, 120 Points

Grading Rubric 120 points possible for final essay
(Use these criteria as a checklist)

5 to -40

Very specific strategically placedargumentativethesis


At least6 crediblesources


Synthesis. No more than 40 % of the paper is paraphrase/summary. Keep the quotations or paraphrases short, and spend time analyzing them and explaining how they apply to your thesis. Your point of view should be informed by all of your evidence—an extension of the conversation about the topic.


MLA internal documentation is correctly used throughout


Quotations are correctly introduced and grammatically agree with sentences containing and surrounding them


Works cited page in correct MLA format


Evidence, specific details, and specific examples are presented to prove thesis. All six sources must be referenced at least once in the paper.


The quotations areanalyzedand connected to main points—they do not stand alone, left to speak for themselves.


Paper is logically valid and convincing.

-10 per

All logical fallacies are avoided


A conclusion which drives your point home, makes the reader feel something, or invites the reader to think about the topic of your paper more or in greater depth. The conclusion cannot be a simply restatement your thesis and main points. That is boring, and you are a better writer than that.

0 to -10

Essay should be organized for optimum impact on reader. Paragraphs should be organized around one idea.

0 to -10

The paper as a whole must be focused. Stay on track. If there are extraneous elements of the paper which do not work to promote your thesis or persuade the reader (however subtly), revise/remove them.

0 to -30

7-10double spaced pages in MLA format

0 to -25

Correct grammar. Check for spelling, apostrophe usage, capitalization of proper nouns, subject verb agreement, correct verb tense, verb tense agreement, correct prepositions, fragments, run-ons, comma splices, commas before coordinating conjunctions, commas after dependent clauses in complex sentences, commas in lists, commas with interrupting phrases, correctly used colons and semicolons (if used at all), correctly placed modifiers, dangling modifiers, and pronoun agreement.

0 to -5

Style. Avoid faulty parallelism. As a general rule, avoid passive voice unless you feel it is absolutely necessary. If even one sentence is slightly confusing to the reader or to you, it is probably too long, awkward, or convoluted. Aim for a lean, athletic style that takes no prisoners.

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