Formulate, support and advance an argument, AIM Statement.
1. A clear explanation of your issue, and your stand on the issue.
2. Clear, strong support for both sides of the issue
3. A clear explanation of your theories/concepts
4. Appropriate use of outside source material. Source material not only helps you with a
greater understanding of your topic, it should also help you analyze.
1. You must employ the MLA guidelines for your paper.
Helpful Resource/Example: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/13/
2. The written analysis is to be 12-14 pages. Do not write less than 12 pages. The page
saying 12 in the corner is not actually 12 pages if it does not go to the bottom of the
page. Cover pages do not count as actual pages! It is okay to go longer if you need to.
3. The paper must be typed and double-spaced.
4. Standards of college-level term papers should be utilized. You have all taken English
101 and should know what to do! If not, use the online resources linked here.
5. Do not use a font larger than 12. Times or Times New Roman is the preferred font.
6. Do not play spacing games such as increasing the font or margin size, or adding extra
spaces between paragraphs. If you do this, I will adjust your paper accordingly.
7. You must have 1.25 inch margins.
Demonstrate an Organized Mind:
Use the Aristotelian outline!!! Have a clear thesis and organizational structure. I want to
know your opinion or argument without having to search all over for it. Have a good
attention getter in your paper. What exactly is your thesis? Preview your main points.
Have clear transitions between your main points. Employ sub-points if necessary. I want
to know how you are getting from one idea to the next. Do not just end your paper.
Review your introduction and leave us with something to think about. The less I have to
think, the better your grade.
Use your source material properly. All information must be clearly linked to a source.
Must have a minimum of eight college level sources employed and cited properly
throughout the paper, reflecting a proper MLA Works Cited turned in prior to writing the
Online Research Tool:
Your paper will be graded on the following:
1. How well you demonstrate an organized mind, clarity of information. The more I
understand what you are saying, the better your grade will be. SUPER
IMPORTANT: Structure of your paper! Do you have the basic elements such as clear
thesis, support for each main point, clear transitions, and an effective conclusion?
2. Your use of source material.
3. Your ability to analyze, not just describe.
4. Validity. The more valid your arguments, the higher your grade will be!
5. Your use of classroom material/ideas/concepts in your paper.
6. Grammar, punctuation, and syntax will be a factor. However, quality of thought will
be a greater factor.
7. Paper basic requirements such as length, font, and actually doing what the
assignment asks for. Not following the basics is the number one killer of your grade.
8. Your use of MLA. Improper MLA usage will really cost you a lot of points!
9. Introduction of paper: DID THE INTRODUCTION GRAB MY ATTENTION AND
MAKE ME WANT MORE?2
10. Conclusion of paper: DID IT LEAVE ME THINKING?