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Missy Finan's MLA Research Paper Guidelines

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Research Paper Guidelines Mrs. Finan's English Composition Class Topics Topic: Be sure you choose a topic that you can find information on. Remember that you are to do research and incorporate direct quotes/personal experience into your paper

Finding a topic that you already know a little bit about or that your find interesting will be extremely helpful 100 Points
20% of grade
Due week 11 Our Example:
My 1st paragraph would be about history of hip hop
My 2nd would be about the artists
My 3rd would be about the impact of pop culture as a whole MLA Style-
What is MLA? Let's review the requirements:

12 point font
7-10 Pages (not including bibliography)
Double Spaced
Header with last name and page #
Appropriate margins Here are the basics: Content: The Five paragraph essay Constructing Thesis Statements through Pre-writing Continued One pre-writing method I use is a cluster map, here is an example: on white board Body Paragraphs Body paragraphs should include three separate main points . Each of these points should begin with a topic sentence. A topic sentence guides the body paragraph just as a thesis guides the entire essay This paragraph should wrap things up and bring your paper to a nice close

It is a good idea here to repeat your thesis statement in a different way to remind readers of your central idea The Conclusion Our hip-hop sample --What is wrong with it? Before we talk about the Works Cited- There are some points to remember When choosing a thesis, remember that you do not want a thesis that is too broad ("Disease shaped human history") or too narrow ("I failed my biology course") You want a thesis that is just right!! http://www.designchild.com.au/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/goldilocks-and-the-three-bears-print-c12069235.jpg http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ Remember to use transitions within your paragraphs....... Hip Hop Artist Impact on pop culture 3rd Clothes
Fashion Language
Behavior Youth
Community Violence

Watts Riots Racism Acceptance Run DMC/Aerosmith 2pac/Biggie Queen Latifah

Nicki Minaj

Salt and Peppa History Lil Wayne
Jay Z Sugar Hill Gang 1st 2nd Dance Culture Money Lyrics Impact on Women
Fear Beats Radios Movies BET MTV I Here are some tips for Thesis Statements that Goldilocks would approve of: Now on to the Works Cited Page......

If ANY research is used in your paper, it must be documented on this page
At least 3 sources are required How do you find sources?
Online Academic Databases
Google Scholar vs. Google
example search for hip hop
The Library In Touch Magazine Vs. Time

The debatable Wikipedia Be sure to determine the credibility of your sources In text Citations Blocked Quotes Paraphrasing Introduction Introduction: Start your paper in a creative way, tell a story, use a quote or statistic, but most importantly include a thesis statement at the end of your introductory paragraph Sometimes called 1-3-1 Essay Possible Thesis Statement from our Cluster Map: In order for society to understand the hip hop movement, people must first explore the history, the artists, and the impact on pop culture as a whole. http://citationmachine.net/index2.php


http://www.midway.edu/library/topics/ Some Helpful Websites Works Cited Sites: Paper Topics Sites Do not let this assignment overwhelm you. We will be concentrating on these aspects throughout the term. :) ANY QUESTIONS???? One sentence that explains everything you are going to write about in your paper. Usually includes one statement about three specific items you are going to focus on..... THESIS: Ways to Create a Thesis: Through Pre-Writing
- Making a List
-Preparing a scratch outline
-Clustering What is a thesis statement??? History:
The evolution of MTV, the Rodney King incident and the Watts Riots have all had a historical impact on hip-hop music.

Throughout history, hip hop has produced artists that were taken away too young. The deaths of Whitney Houston, Tupac Shakur and Marvin Gaye could have all been prevented.

Hip-hop has impacted the way young people dress, talk, and behave in society. Revised Thesis Statements using our Example Tips for Creating Effective Thesis Statements Avoid being vague- what is the point you want to prove about your topic? A better working thesis would require more thinking and research. -Remember a thesis can be re-worked-Sometimes it helps to write your thesis after you have started writing!-Avoid announcing your thesis "Today I am going to talk about....," "The subject of this paper will be...."-Avoid having more than one idea How could we revise our hip-hop statement? It would be possible to do a paper just on the history of hip-hop, its artists, or its impact on society
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