Topic: Teen Pregnancy
ANALYTICAL RESEARCH Purpose To gain experience 1) analyzing an issue, problem, phenomenon or trend 2) drawing inferences from facts 3) formulating a thesis that explains the subject of analysis 4) conducting research of print and online materials 5) integrating that research into your own writing Description of the assignment Write a research essay that analyzes an issue, problem, phenomenon, trend of your choice (we will brainstorm a list of acceptable topics in class). Remember that analysis is the practice by which we break something doing into its constituent parts in order to determine why and how that something works. So be sure that you’re not just describing your topic but also offering some explanation of its inner workings (i.e. process, cause and effect, etc). Strategies to work on Practice 1) invention (finding a focus, generating & organizing ideas, clarifying a purpose) 2) critical thinking 3) choosing and presenting facts that best support your inferences 4) research methods 5) summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting 6) revision strategies . Criteria for grade 1) adequate information on your topic of choice 2) depth of analysis 3) coherence and organization 4) correct integration of at least THREE outside sources in your essay 5) style and voice 6) grammar and punctuation 7) timely completion of freewriting and revision work Format: MLA (see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/). Length: Approx. 1200 words. Style: Double-spaced. 12 point font Times New Roman. 1 inch margins.