Written Research-Based Argument
Overview: Students create a substantial academic argument that incorporates a range of sources appropriate to their project, which may include library and Internet sources and, in some cases, field research. The PWR 2 RBA builds on the work in the PWR 1 RBA, asking students to engage with argument and research in a manner appropriate to their greater university and disciplinary writing experience as sophomores. At end of the process, students write and submit an ungraded “Reflection on Written Research-Based Assignment” (250 words).
Length: 3000-3600 words or 10-12 pages of research-based writing; ungraded “Reflection on Written Research-Based Argument” (i.e., cover letter or reflective memo) of 250 words.
Sources: A minimum of 8 sources should substantively inform the essay, recognizing that a rigorous research-based argument may engage with many more sources in the research process but should actively draw on at least 8 in constructing its argument.
Student Learning Objectives:
- Demonstrate advanced understanding of the rhetorical situation by addressing needs or values of the reading audience with appropriate style, appeals, and documentation conventions appropriate to a specific disciplinary context
- Sharpen research-based writing skills by strategically integrating and organizing sources and evidence relevant for the topic, audience, and context
- Read and interpret a broad range of data and source materials related to a subject and discern how sources contribute to existing public and/or scholarly conversations
- Generate new ideas or insights into the conversations on a topic
- Reflect on their learning experience in narrowing and selecting topics, researching sources for the PWR 2 RBA, framing questions, and writing style and strategies.