Research Paper finals

The Researched Argument Paper- Topic.         CANCER 
The research paper is a kind of capstone assignment in English 1A, a chance to combine your interests and ideas with the skills of writing and research you have strengthened week after week this semester. Before you embark on your research journey, you need to choose one of the prompts below– Prompt A or Prompt B. Each prompt calls for a 8-10 page research paper with a minimum of five sources, but the questions asked are different. While Prompt A is open-ended and calls upon you to define your own research question and approach to answering it, Prompt B sets forth a clear structure to your inquiry and may offer a more predictable strategy for developing and organizing your paper.
Prompt “A”:
Choose an issue from current events that sincerely interests you and write an insightful argumentative paper on that topic. (You can find topics from your brainstorm and from the El Camino College Library Research LibGuide.) I highly recommend that you choose an issue that is specific, detailed, and multi-faceted. While this is a research paper, it is still a thesis-driven, argumentative essay. I want to read your thoughts about the issue(s), and I want you to convince me of your opinions. The topic you choose and the position you take should invite debate and differences of opinion. Your paper should not merely report facts; rather, it should show that you can use analysis of facts and critical thinking to persuasively support your position on the issue. It may help for you to write your own prompt in order to keep your essay focused and argumentative. If you do this, please make sure that it is open-ended and invites ideas, not just facts.
Prompt “B”:
If a less-open ended prompt appeals to you, consider using the problem-solution model for your project. A problem-solution paper asserts that X is a problem and that Y is the best solution to that problem, offering evidence to show that X is a problem and to prove that Y is the best solution to it. In this assignment, your purpose is to persuade your reader that a specific and significant problem (of your choosing) exists. Then, you should identify at least three potential solutions to the problem, evaluate and/or defend these solutions (using refutation), and persuade your reader to accept your evaluation of which solution (or solutions) is/are most useful.
In response to Prompt B, be sure to do the following in the body of your essay:

Establish that a specific problem exists. Examine the causes of the problem. Provide detailed support to prove that the problem is significant. Explain to readers how this problem affects them. Be sure to present only ONE problem.
Present three solutions to the problem. Describe and explain the solutions. Provide detailed support to persuade readers that your solutions are effective. Begin with the least effective approach (the first solution could even be a solution that you think is ineffective) and end with the most effective solution.
Use refutation to evaluate the effectiveness of the solutions. You might concede when evaluating the first solution that it is ineffective. This is a good way of criticizing a contemporary popular solution that you find ineffective. Then, in the refutation of your second solution, you might concede and refute the critics. Presumably, in your refutation for your final and best solution, you will focus on defending your solution against objections. The general movement of refutation should be as follows: 1) identify and summarize objections to your solutions; 2) then, concede (partially); and/or 3) refute the objections.

For Both Prompts
What Ill Be Thinking When Evaluating Your Researched Argument:

Is your thesis clear, complex, but unified, and strong?
Does your thesis statement offer an insightful, dynamic point of view (one that does not merely echo one of your sources)?
Does the rest of your essay follow the map outlined in your thesis paragraph?
Is your research relevant and strong? Are you using it accurately to support your argument?
How well do you use quotations?
Are your introduction and conclusion effective? Memorable? Distinctive?
Do you stay on topic? Is the writing organized and not repetitive?
Are you using the elements of counter-argument or refutation to deepen the thinking about the topic?
Are there too many grammar/usage/structure errors that distort or confuse meaning?
Do you properly cite and document your sources using MLA in-text citations and a works cited page?
DO Not attach the annotated bibliography to your final draft.  The finished paper should include only a Works Cited, please. The bibliography and the works cited are different documents.

Required Research Essay Criteria
(English 1 SLO-aligned assignment)
All students will write a research essay that is 8-10 pages in length. They will focus on the following activities and skills:

Choosing a topic and narrowing the focus
Using the library and electronic databases
Evaluating sources
Synthesizing and integrating research material
Developing strategies for note taking
Documenting sources and creating a Works Cited page
Participating in peer review
Revising and editing

 Please remember:

The research paper should present a thesis that is specific, manageable, and debatable.  In other words, the thesis should offer a clear position, stand, or opinion that will be proven with research. 
The student should analyze and prove the thesis, using examples and quotes from a variety of sources.
Students must use MLA Format for the document, in-text citations, and Works Cited page.
Students must integrate quotations and paraphrases using signal phrases and analyze and/or explain each quotation.
Students must sustain thesis support, use transitions effectively, and use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
The essay must be logically organized and focused.