Write an 8- to 10-page research paper on their chosen position statement.

Project Introduction:
In the course project, students will write an 8- to 10-page research paper on their chosen position
statement. These pages do not include the cover page, reference page, and table of contents page.
Students are expected to choose a problem, justify their choice, analyze and explain three solutions for the
problem, and reflect on how they will use critical and creative thinking to write this paper and find solutions
to this problem.
Course Learning Objectives Tested: 1. Describe how creative thinking and critical thinking are applied to daily situations. 2. Evaluate the critical elements of a source document. 3. Critically analyze and summarize complex documents. 4. Participate in a collaborative writing process. 5. Synthesize information from multiple source documents. 6. Use primary and secondary research sources to support analysis. 7. Apply creative thinking to propose a set of solutions to a problem. 8. Apply critical thinking to select a viable and innovative solution to a problem or issue. 9. Create a research document intended to persuade an audience to support a position on an issue
or a solution to a problem. 10. Critically evaluate peers’ work with respect to a standard rubric.
PROJECT SUBMISSION PLAN
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Assessment Preparation Checklist:
To prepare for this assessment: ? Read Chapter 7, pp. 125–133 The Art of Thinking: A Guide
to Critical and Creative Thought. ? Go through the lessons of Modules 12, 2, and 3 and write
The project rubric will
be used to evaluate this
assessment.
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down any points that catch your attention. ? Brainstorm some ideas for what problem you want to
discuss. ? Write down what your thoughts on the chosen issue are.
Make these as clear and direct as possible. Then, note at
least 3–5 reasons why you hold this position. Choose the
strongest three reasons to write about in the finished
assignment.  ? Make an outline to help you stay organized when writing
this assignment.
Title: Making a Position Statement
One of the first steps in writing a long research paper is taking a
stand on an issue or problem. Of course, it is true that in a purely
informative paper, you will want to present both sides of an issue
equally. In a persuasive paper, however, like this position paper for
Project Part 12, you need to choose one side of an issue or problem
and persuade the reader that your position is the best one.
In Project Part 12, you will articulate a position on the problem that
you have been exploring since Module 2 or another topic off the
list provided below: ? Health, Food, and Global issues o Are there risks with genetically engineered foods?  o Is there a connection between poverty and obesity? o Is it socially responsible to market unhealthy food to
children? o Obesity—genetic, environmental, emotional, or totally
avoidable?
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o Food-borne illnesses/poisoning—how do we protect
ourselves?  o Chemical pesticides—effect on our foods, our bodies. o Agricultural pollution—should we be concerned?  o Fossil fuels and global warming—is this really dangerous?
What can be done to improve the situation? o Global food crisis—why are some not getting food? What
can be done to improve the situation? o Animal rights/animal abuse—what place do animals have in
our society? o Foreign aid—should the USA assist foreign countries
financially or with food/commodities/medicine/medical
care before they help their own? o Should society view aIDiction as a disease? o Drug rehabilitation programs in prisons o Should society be more or less sympathetic to drug aIDicts?
Why? o Should cigarette smoking be banned? ? Crime and Punishment o What are the best ways to aIDress domestic violence? o Are there solutions for aIDressing gang violence? o Graffiti—when is it art? o Juvenile crime—should parents be held responsible? o Prisoners’ rights—should they have any? o Cybercrimes—how deep do cybercrimes run? How should
one be cautious? Are there enough punishments for cyber
stalkers? o Are law enforcement cameras an invasion of privacy?
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? Technology o Are cell phones dangerous? o The future of the Internet—are the experts right? Should
we be worried? o Plagiarism and images—what constitutes responsible use or
words and images? o Are social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace bad
for those who use them? o The death of the American newspaper and/or magazines—
is this something to mourn? o Does technology make life unnecessarily difficult? How
much is too much? ? Ideas and Government o How has the American Dream changed in the last 60 years
(for better or for worse—take a side)? o Free speech—is it really free? o Is torture ever acceptable? o Do we have a throw-away society? o Who should help the homeless? o What should we do about the national debt? o Is anarchy good in theory? o USA’s role as world’s police—does this role exist? Is it
working? Is it just? o The image of the USA has become negative. Do you agree
with this statement? ? Entertainment, Sports, Art, and Culture o Male-bashing on TV—are the roles in series such as King of
Queens, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and others accurate
portrayals of the man of the 21st century?
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o Effects of the glorification of sex, violence, machismo,
manipulation, or feminism. Narrow this down and focus on
a genre of films or an HBO or Showtime miniseries. o Downloading music or movies from the Internet—when
and where does it become illegal? o Tattoos or body piercings—cultural and ethnic issues  o Should there be federal funding for the arts? o Should the racing industry be forced to use biofuels? o Recreational hunting—a necessity or an ethical issue? ? Family, Values, and Work o Should men get paternity leave from work? o Should there be a reduction in the marketing of violent
toys, games, and entertainment to children? o Are beauty pageants exploitative? Should parents pressure
their kids to participate? o Drug testing at work o Unfair policies/practices of a specific company o Sexual harassment in the workplace—is enough being
done?
In this four-paragraph paper of about 700 to 900 words you must
include the following:  1. An APA formatted title page 2. A one-paragraph introduction that gives some context or
background about the issue. First paragraph—
introduction—should consist of your thesis, where you
state your position as well as mention the three reasons
that you have this viewpoint 3. Your reasons in at least one paragraph—for a total of three
paragraphs here. You do not need to use sources for this
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paper; and your support should be based on your own
reasoning, not sources  4. A conclusion
Submission Requirements
Format: Microsoft Word
Font: Arial, 12, double-spaced
Citation Style: APA
Due: Module 3
Grading Weight: 15%
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Assessment Preparation Checklist:
To prepare for this assessment: ? For Section 12, read Chapter 15, pp. 251–259 in The Art of
Thinking: A Guide to Critical and Creative Thought. ? Participate in the Module 6 discussion. ? For Section 2, read Chapter 10, pp. 183–187 in The Art of
Thinking: A Guide to Critical and Creative ? Go through the lessons of Modules 4, 5, and 6. Write down
any points that caught your attention.
Title: Final Draft—A Research Document
There are two sections in this project:
Section 1: Drafting the Final Paper
Section 2: Final Draft
In Section 12, you will build off some of the assignments you have
done until Module 4, connect them, and put them into coherent
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essay form based on the topics that you have explored. You should
use the following subject headings to help organize your paper: 1. APA title page 2. Introduction with thesis (position statement) and detailed
description of problem  3. Definitions of all relevant terms for argument 4. Opposition summary in 2–3 paragraphs 5. Support for position with examples and explanation in 3–6
paragraphs or 1–2 paragraphs for each of your reasons for
the position.  6. Analysis and explanation of three solutions  7. Detailed description of best solution  8. Reflection of how you used critical and creative thinking to
write this paper and find solutions to this problem. Please
avoid using first person while writing this paper.  9. Conclusion 10. Cite a minimum of three sources to support your position
and solutions.
This research paper would be 6–8 pages long.
After your final draft is ready. Share it for peer review in Module 5.
In Section 2, implement the review comments provided by the
peers and make necessary edits, revisions, and aIDitions before
submitting it to instructor for review.
Submission Requirements
Format: Microsoft Word (8 to 10 pages)
Font: Arial, 12, double-spaced
Citation Style: APA