Project #28489 - Research-Supported Essay

WRTG 101
Writing Assignment #3: Research-Supported Essay



Length: 1300-1500 words


Writing Assignment #3 will be a research-supported essay.

Courses that fulfill the General Education Requirements (GERs) at UMUC all have a common theme—technological transformations.  In following this theme throughout this semester in WRTG 101, we have read the analyses of various authors on innovations and technological transformations in education and in other fields. 

In this essay, you will continue this theme of technological transformations.

You have two choices for your essay topic.  Please choose one of the two choices.  Please note that both choices are identical to the choices you had for writing assignment #2, the cause-effect essay.  You may write on the same topic that you wrote on for writing assignment #2, but, if you do, you will want to adjust the topic in any way your instructor directs you.  In addition, of course, you will expand on the number of sources you use to defend your argument.


1.      Technology and Education-

Whether video games should be introduced into schools and used to help educate students






Outline for the essay

The essay should have the following elements:


  • an engaging introductory paragraph.  You might even want to cite sources in the opening paragraph to make your opening engaging to the reader.
  • an effective and clear thesis statement
  • a statement of definitions and background on the topic on which you are writing. 
    • You will want to define any terms necessary for the reader.
    • You may want to provide a historical background on your topic.
  • unified, supported, and coherent body paragraphs that defend the thesis
  • sources cited throughout the body paragraphs that support the arguments in the paper
  • an effective conclusion
  • a “references” page that lists the sources cited.  The references should be listed in APA format.



The sources and citation format for this essay
You are required to use at least six sources for this essay. 


At least four sources must be acquired through the databases subscribed to by UMUC’s Information and Library Services.  In addition, at least three sources are to come from scholarly journals.



Keep in mind that if the sources are scholarly, the argument you make in the paper will be more persuasive.  For this reason, feel free to use all scholarly sources if you can.


In addition, please feel free to cite more than six sources.  You may find that seven or eight sources (or more) are necessary to establish your argument and defend your thesis.  Please do not feel limited to using only six sources.   Use more if you would like to or need to.


Please cite your sources and list them at the end of your paper using APA format.



Length: 1300-1500 words

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 04/24/2014 12:00 am
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