Draft Writing Project 1- The Research Plan

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Topic: Depression and anxiety
Audience: Your English 102 instructor
Purpose: To identify a research topic that you will investigate throughout the semester and offer initial strategies to inquire into this topic
Genre: A research plan
Conventions: 750-1250 words with MLA citation conventions for in-text citations and a works cited page
Youve probably researched colleges, restaurants, or movies in your personal life, and you may have written research papers before in other classes. English 102 introduces you to academic research-based writing. Academic research is a systematic process of inquiry to answer questions and ultimately produce new knowledge. It is an ongoing process of asking questions, looking for information sources, synthesizing information, building on existing information to create knowledge, and using this knowledge to ask new questions.In English 102, you will research a significant question, topic, or issue for the entire semester. The research plan is the first step in the research process. A research plan is an opportunity to identify a topic that you are interested and try out different approaches before making a commitment for the entire semester. In the plan, you will build on your own personal interest in a topic to develop tentative research strategies to investigate the topic and to articulate the significance of the topic to a larger audience.
Your research plan should address the following questions:

What topic do you plan to research for the semester? 
What more do you want to learn about this topic? 
Why do you want to research this topic?
What do you already know about this topic? 
What do you need to know more about this topic?
Why is this topic significant? Why does this topic matter? 
Why should people who are not interested in this topic care about this topic?
 Who else is writing or talking about this topic? 
What other people or organizations are interested in this topic? 
Why are they interested in this topic? What is their opinion of the topic?
What research question will you ask and investigate about your topic?
What are relevant, credible sources that address your topic?
How will you investigate your research question?

Specific Grading Criteria
The introduction includes the topic/focus of the paper and why the topic interests the writer: 15 pts
The body includes what the writer already knows about the topic, the research question, various perspectives on the topic, why the topic is important (the ‘so what?’), possible challenges with research: 40 pts
The conclusion addresses the steps taken so far: what types of sources are available? How do you plan to go about the search? 15 pts
Organization and Mechanics: The paper contains paragraphs that are unified and cohesive; the essay follows a logical order, writing is clear with few grammatical or technical errors. The paper is written in first person.: 20 pts
The paper is formatted according to MLA or APA guidelines. Citations and works cited follow MLA 8th edition: 10 pts

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