Writing Project 4 – Research Essay Page Requirement: 10 (yikes! yes, TEN pages) Student Learning Outcomes 1. Conduct academic research drawing from multiple sources in multiple media. 2. Read texts in a variety of disciplines and genres, using critical reading strategies. 3. Defend a position in relation to the range of ideas surrounding a topic 4. Construct a logically supported argument. 5. Demonstrate knowledge of writing as a process, including consideration of peer and instructor feedback, from initial draft to final revision. 6. Demonstrate sentence-level correctness. Purpose Research writing is the primary work of the university. It requires writers to actively research collections, databases, and archives in search of texts that 1) provide current research and arguments on a topic and 2) serve as a point of departure for the writer’s own ideas and arguments. The essays produced in relation to this research tend to be longer than other kinds of academic writing to accommodate more perspectives. These essays require sophisticated control of organization and argumentation, as well as a mastery of citation mechanics. Research essays must be anchored in sharp details, and loaded with precise, nuanced insight. Writing this essay will challenge you to make use of the skills that you have developed in this course and will prepare you to research and write effectively in the disciplinary-specific courses that await you at UIC. Instructions For this assignment, write a research essay in which you make a strong claim about an issue related to our class discourse: the intersection between a media-driven society and the inequalities found in said society. This research essay is an opportunity for you to contribute to the academic and/or public conversations that surround your topic within our broader field of inquiry. You should focus on a specific issue and position yourself within a specific side, either a claim that we have examined this semester or one that you have discovered in your research. Your claim and focus should be directly correlated to your Writing Project 2 research question. Your points of articulation should try to answer this question and they should be tailored to a specific audience, accounting for their previous knowledge, biases, and expectations. The research essay should be organized with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. The introduction should introduce the reader to the conversation that you are entering and explain the stakes of your project. It should also provide situational context for how/why this issue came to be (this is typically done in the form of a historical or contemporary anecdote that showcases that this is an ongoing issue). The introduction should also explain the manner in which this chosen connection between media and inequality has impacted the lived-realities of people. Last but certainly not least, your introduction MUST articulate a strong thesis statement. The thesis statement will guide the content across your entire essay, therefore it is crucial that it is clear and precise. Your thesis statement will have to explicitly make a claim that showcases the intersectional nature between media and inequality, which you are proposing. The body of your essay should critically analyze and connect the sources that you have identified in your research. You should make explicit connections between your sources and position your own claim(s) in relation to them. The body of a research essay often begins with a brief overview of the exigence (need) for such research and then moves to the analysis of specific evidence. Here, you are free to include main ideas from Writing Project 3 -- however, verbatim copy/pasting is discouraged (although it is your own work, this can actually be considered plagiarism). Finally, the conclusion should weave together the threads of your main claim and findings, and it should acknowledge the limitations of your project, and suggest avenues for further research. You should use this as an opportunity to reflect on your main findings and include anything that you have not had a chance to communicate previously. Your research essay should be 10-pages long (NOT including your works cited page) and you must use standard MLA-style to cite your sources and format your document: typed, double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, etc. You should also include an MLA-style Works Cited page that lists all of the sources cited in your essay. You are required to utilize 8 sources in this essay (at least four must be scholarly). Sources should be a combination of previously reviewed material for WP’s 2-3 AND new sources that you have uncovered over the past few weeks.