Purpose Statement

Your Purpose Statement

Minimum 150 words (successful purpose statements are often longer)
Following Step 2 in CHAPTER 3, analyze and specifically describe your Audience, Time, Place, and Purpose of your draft. For this assignment, your audience is a curious academic audience of peers.
Place your purpose statement at the beginning of your first draft, before the first page of your actual composition.
Your First Draft

APA or MLA manuscript style, as specified by your instructor
Observation of the conventions of Standard English
1000 word minimum for first draft. This includes the Research Rationale, List of Source Citations and Annotations, and the Topic Exploration Statement. (The minimum 150 words for your purpose statement is not included in this count.)
Research Rationale

1-2 paragraphs
Describe the issue, problem, or controversy you are researching;
Identify the relationship between your topic idea and either one of the CORE READINGS or the theme of the CORE READINGS selected by your instructor;
Explain the significance or relevance of your research question(s) to you and to others; and
Describe what you hope to discover in your research, including 1-3 specific research questions.
List of Source Citations with Annotations

At least 3 relevant, up-to-date, and credible sources, representing different perspectives, responses, and/or information relevant to the research question(s); 2 or more are from the Ivy Tech Library subscription databases, 1 may be a CORE READING from the Core Readings/Focus Texts page
Correct Works Cited (MLA) or References (APA) source citations (as assigned by your instructor), arranged alphabetically by author’s last name
Source citations are double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font, using hanging indents
An annotation for each source that includes discussion of all five criteria for each source (Writer, Publication, Summary, Stance, and Use), each part clearly labeled.
Each annotation should be 1 paragraph, approximately 5-10 sentences long
Topic Exploration Statement

2-3 paragraphs
Objective and accurate representation of the ideas and information examined
Accurate and well-reasoned interpretation and synthesis of the information and ideas discovered about the issue or problem
Analysis of where further research (on your part) is still needed
Use of at least 3 relevant and credible sources, cited in-text.
Use of evidence from sources (at least 6 paraphrases and/or quotations), clearly discernible from each other and from the writer’s voice and cited using correct in-text citation
Rubric

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