Taking a Position: JFK Research-based Argument Assignment

To interpret and write effectively on the issue of President Kennedy's assassination. To write analytically with evidence and well reasoned support. To be able to anticipate opposing arguments and logically refute those objections. To be able to use Internet resources responsibly and print sources. To be able to integrate sources into an essay using the MLA style for in-text documentation. To create a works cited page.

Write a multi-source essay in which you take a position on the theory discussed in your analysis essay. You might decide to argue with one of the authors that you used in your Analysis or argue on the side of another author. You may also consider agreeing with selected sections of specific arguments. You may also choose to present your own research-based theory with regards to the assassination.

Whatever your stance will be on your topic, you should support your position with your own well-reasoned and researched opinion on the subject as well as using the research that you conducted from yourexploratory essay for support. This essay will be primarily in your own words, using the research sparingly from your exploratory essay as your support material. You will revise this essay as part and parcel of the writing process.

Your thesis statement must be underlined and be either an open thesis statement or a closed thesis statement. The essay should no less than 8-10 pages, typed or word processed. Hand written essays will not be accepted. The essay should be presented in MLA format, without the title page. Submit the finished version of your essay as well as any notes, letters and drafts in your folder.

Once again, you must include a copy of each of your sources with your paper. Add any copies of new sources used in this essay to the same copies you used in your informative multi-sources essay. The same number of sources and types of sources apply to this essay as was specified in the multi-source informative essay.

You will be responsible for the correct MLA in-text documentation of any material you use from your sources, including summaries or paraphrases. In addition, you will also be required to create an annotated list of works cited page.

Writing Process Reminder:
No essay will be accepted for credit without the entire writing process present. You must save every part of your writing process, including brainstorming, lists, outlining, rough drafts, and preliminary drafts, and no excuses will be accepted. When working at a computer, MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A BACKUP COPY.

If you print paper copies, label the copies First version, Second version, and so on. Work handed in without the entire writing process will be returned, and you will be instructed to begin the assignment again, so save all parts of the writing process for submission.

Due Dates:
First Draft Due:
Peer Review Workshop:
Second Draft Due:
Individual Conferences: There will be a sign up sheet for appointments
Final Version: Day of Final Exam

Peer Review Sheet