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EGL 102 - Paul Peterson - Spring 2020: Start Here - Your Assignment

Chicago Flashback - Finding Your Research Topic

Chicago Days: 150 Defining Moments in the Life of a Great City 

 

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Paul Peterson

Division of Liberal Arts

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Your Assignment - Topic Sheet

NAME:                                                                                 Class TIME:        EGL 102 – Spring 2019 

RESEARCH ESSAY TOPIC SHEET    

SUBJECT: 19th / 20TH CENTURY CHICAGO HISTORY INVESTIGATION

NOTE: Copies of Chicago Flashback may be accessed at the Library Circulation Desk on reserve

TOPIC: 

LIST TWO REASONS for YOUR INTEREST IN WANTING TO PURSUE THIS PARTICULAR TOPIC:

 

THREE QUESTIONS YOUR TOPIC WILL ADDRESS (strive to include a variation of WHAT / HOW / & WHY questions)

These questions should not be a factual or summary paragraph; Your purpose is to analyze & synthesize info from your topic…

 

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WRITE YOUR THESIS STATEMENT PHRASING THE THREE QUESTIONS ABOVE AS STATEMENTS:

 

A closer examination LIST YOUR TOPIC will reveal / illuminate…

 

CITE IN MLA FORMAT THE SINGLE ENTRY FOR YOUR TOPIC FROM THE Chicago Flashback TEXT--a work in an anthology

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CITE CORRECTLY IN MLA FORMAT ONE BOOK SOURCE YOU WILL USE
 

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What questions or concerns do you have regarding the Research Essay at this point? 


Example

 

Overheated

1) How did the 1995 Chicago heat wave claim so many lives?

2) What human factors contributed to the massive death toll?

3) How did this disaster change the way that the city of Chicago responded to future heat waves?

           

            Ask me what my initial impression of July 1995 was and I would say it was, in a word, mundane.  Nothing seemed out of the ordinary.  I was just having fun with my friends at a local day camp, never bothering to take a look at a thermometer.  What would it tell me?  That it was hot?  It was summer in the suburbs of Chicago; heat was a fact of life.  Of course, that was the roughly the extent of my knowledge about summer weather at the time, given that I was only seven years old.  Knowing as little as I did about heat, least of all that it could kill, I had no way to comprehend the devastation that was taking place just a few miles away. July 1995 would change the way summer was viewed in Chicago.  This month would play host to the city’s deadliest catastrophe since the capsizing of the USS Eastland eighty years earlier.  Like so many of Chicago’s great tragedies, it could have been and should have been prevented.  A study of this recent disaster will illustrate how the heat of that month claimed so many lives, what human factors contributed to the death toll, and how this disaster changed the way that the city of Chicago would respond to future heat waves.

Your Assignment - Research Essay

STUDENT NAME

ENGLISH 102 --- section # / days, times

RESEARCH ESSAY / HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION

 

MINIMUM NUMBER OF WORKS CITED SOURCES TO BE APPROVED BY THE INSTRUCTOR

6 books (reference, nonfiction, and/or fiction; required 4 includes text info from Chicago Flashback, & 5 of student’s choosing)

2 periodicals (magazine articles, newspaper articles, journal articles…may be digitized or hardcopies)

2 electronic sources (websites, Internet sources, blogs, electronic media, films & documentaries; avoid Wikipedia)

1 image analysis & 1 interview (more detail on this in an upcoming class session)

Your original TITLE & Subtitle (do not include a cover page)

PARAGRAPH 1: INTRODUCTION opening remarks explaining the topic importance and relevance, followed by your 1-sentence thesis statement incorporating your three questions as statements. 6-sentence minimum

PARAGRAPH 2:  SUMMARY OVERVIEW OF YOUR TOPIC and ITS RELEVANCE (from Chicago Flashback text) 7-sent. minimum

 

RESEARCH TOPIC QUESTION #1 (listed in bold print above paragraph 3)

PARAGRAPH 3, 4, & 5 (1-1.5 pages in length)

2 body paragraphs addressing your first Research question, containing topic sentence, attribution, quote or paraphrase, in-text citation, and your analysis…7-9 sentences each 

RESEARCH TOPIC QUESTION #2 (listed in bold print above paragraph 6)

PARAGRAPH 6, 7, & 8 (1-1.5 pages in length)

2 body paragraphs addressing your second Research question, containing topic sentence, attribution, quote or paraphrase, in-text citation, and your analysis…7-9 sentences each

RESEARCH TOPIC QUESTION #3 (listed in bold print above paragraph 9)

PARAGRAPH 9 & 10 (1-1.5 pages in length)

2 body paragraphs addressing your second Research question, containing topic sentence, attribution, quote or paraphrase, in-text citation, and your analysis…7-9 sentences each

PARAGRAPH 11: Image Analysis / This paragraph will detail your insights on a relevant image related to your topic. NOTE: Your final draft should be accompanied by an 8X10 photo-quality image rather than a Xeroxed paper copy of your image… 8-sent. minimum

PARAGRAPH 12: Interview / This paragraph details the knowledge & expertise of a credible human source…8-sentence minimum

PARAGRAPH 13:  OPINION PARAGRAPH with your thoughts on the topic & writing process (Use “I”) 10–sentence minimum.

PARAGRAPH 14: CONCLUSION with prediction, suggestions for further study, and closing statements. 6-sentence minimum.

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