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For students writing argument-based research papers in Rebecca Reyes' English 100 classes.

Your Assignment

English 100 Research Paper Prompt Overview

During Unit 3, we will be reading and discussing articles that address specific social issues that affect how we
view ourselves and others and, thus, cause us to behave in certain ways. Some of the ideas addressed in these
readings may move us to a point where we would like to take a stance on that issue.
Research Prompt

In an argument-based research paper—with an introduction, 6-8 body paragraphs, and conclusion—please address your stance on one of the following eight topics:

1. unrealistic beauty standards and its effects on women in society (found in “The Beauty Myth”)
2. issues regarding racial injustice and the civil rights movement (found in “Letter from Birmingham Jail”)
3. issues with addiction and the effects on family (found in “Under the Influence”)
4. conforming to social standards in order to fit in (found in “Homeboy”)
5. issues regarding rights for LGBTQ+ community (found in “Gay Rights”)
6. women’s body autonomy (found in “More Room”)
7. issues with government and people’s health (found in “The Clan of the One-Breasted Women”)
8. issues with immigrants (found in “Immigrants” and “They Took Our Jobs”


You will need to use the main article from the Readers’ Club selections as support. The Reader’s Club packet can be found in the Week 12 module.

Step One: Familiarize Yourself With Your Subject

Begin your project by doing some background reading on your topic. Preliminary reading helps you:

  • achieve a basic understanding of your problem
  • begin to identify interesting specific questions that will form the backbone of your research; and
  • start to acquire vital search terms you need in order to explore your subject more fully. 
Google Web Search

Step Two: Find, Read, and Reflect on Your Sources

Find sources on the topics that you identified in Step 1.

  • Do a comprehensive search utilizing all the sources below; leave no stone unturned
  • Print/save/email the sources you find as you go to avoid backtracking
  • Read your sources several times, highlighting relevant information and making notes as you go.
  • If you find sources that will help others in your team, SHARE THEM.
  • If you have trouble finding the appropriate type or number of sources: MEET WITH A RESEARCH LIBRARIAN

Step Three: Start Writing a Draft

  • Make an appointment with writing center staff at least once. They will help you get started, proceed, and/or finish. This is a free service that you should always utilize to maximize your success.
  • Utilize the MJC Library & Learning Center's FORMAT & CITE page to aid with MLA. A research librarian can provide face-to-face assistance with formatting and citing as well. 

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