Sample Education Paper on Segregation in Education – Maya Angelou’s “Graduation”

Assignment: After selecting a topic related to one of the readings from this semester and doing some brief research, students will write about their newfound understanding of their topic. Students can either (1) explain something specific to the topic or (2) argue on a position as it relates to the topic.

 

Suggested Topic:

·      Segregation in Education – Maya Angelou’s “Graduation”

 

Objective: This essay will demonstrate your ability to develop a thesis, introductory and closing paragraphs, as well as paragraph and essay structure showing evidence of editing and revision. It will also demonstrate your ability to incorporate at least one to two documented sources (secondary source) into your essay using MLA guidelines.

 

Requirements and Format:

·      Paper length: 5 –7 double-spaced and typed pages using Times New Roman 12pt. font black only

·      Include a Works Cited page for documentation and use M.L.A. Style with all citations (see textbook)

·      At least one – two sources from an authoritative database, encyclopedia, book, or journal should be used and properly documented in a Works Cited page

·      Documented paper should include an introduction (with a clear thesis statement) and conclusion.

·      Plagiarized papers will result in a failing grade

 

Checklist for Paper:

ü  Make mention of the source essay (primary source) that inspired your researching the topic

ü  A clear thesis statement with a relative conclusion

ü  A Works Cited page properly aligned in M.L.A. Documentation Style and with at least 1-2 authoritative sources

ü  Followed proper MLA format and style (1” margins, page #’s, etc.)

Suggested Outline:

I.         Introduction

A.   Open up with your “hook” or interest grabber.

B.    Introduce your topic (explanation) or the issue (argument) and provide any necessary background information, including making specific mention to your source essay and stating why you chose this topic.

C.    State your thesis: Let your readers know whether you will be explaining or presenting an argument and what that explanation or argument is.

II.         Body

A.   Body Paragraph #1

1. If you are explaining, use this paragraph to provide some historical context to your topic. If you are presenting an argument, use this paragraph to give the first reason with support.

a)     Include supporting textual evidence from your secondary source(s).

B.    Body Paragraph #2

1.     If you are explaining, use this paragraph to explore a specific example to support your discussion on your topic. If you are presenting an argument, use this paragraph to give the second reason with support.

a)     Include supporting textual evidence from your secondary source(s).

C.    Body Paragraph #3

1.     If you are explaining, use this paragraph to discuss where things stand today in America or the world. If you are presenting an argument, use this paragraph to refute other arguments (counter-argument).

a)     Include supporting textual evidence from your secondary source(s).

  III.         Conclusion

A.   Restate your thesis statement.

B.    If you are explaining, conclude with contextualizing for your readers what you learned by reconnecting it to the source essay. If you are presenting an argument, end with a call to action. from sharleen: please if you can think of a better thesis statement and better ideas close to the outline you are allowed to make those changes. A better thesis would be much appreciated. The second souce is located on the bottom of the outline that was provided. The story its referencing is in pictures attached.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you so much!