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MIOP Schedule and Due Dates: Mon/Tues, 04/01 &04/02: MIOP Topic Analysis Due Wed/Thurs, 04/03 &04/04: Sign up for Conferences/Assign Workshop Groups Week of 04/08-04/11: Conferences Due Working Thesis/Outline & Annotated Bibliography Mon/Tues, 04/15 &04/16: MLA Workshop Bring Annotated Bibliography (1 copy) to class Wed/Thurs, 04/17 & 04/18: Rough Draft Due (min. 5 pp.) 1 hard copy to me in class, also post to BB by midnight on Wed (J2)/Thurs (F) Mon/Tues, 04/22 &04/23: Workshop Groups A1 & A2 Wed/Thurs, 04/24 & 04/25: Workshop Groups B1 & B2 Wed/Thurs, 05/01 & 05/02: MIOP Due This is it. The big boy: the Major Informed Opinion Paper (MIOP). This paper asks you to apply the understanding of rhetoric and argumentation that you developed in your first two papers, and combine those skills with your developing abilities as a researcher as you create knowledge in a scholarly and academic written argument. Consider that your first paper you demonstrated your ability to understand and apply the art of rhetoric. In your second project you applied the rhetorical skills you demonstrated your ability to think logically about a topic, create an argument supported by evidence, and present that argument to an audience with the goal of persuading that audience to see the merit of your position. In this third paper, you will tie your skills in rhetoric, research, and critical thought together with a lovely MIOP- y bow. You will research, think critically, and form an opinion that you will argue credibly and logically. Paper Requirements Length: 10-15 pages (under 10pp or over 15pp will impact your gr ade) Research: Minimum of 10 academic/scholarly sources one per page of your text. Proper MLA in-text citations and Works Cited page I leave the topic of your MIOP to your discretion. You may write about any topic you wish, but the MIOP’s rhetorical situation is scholarly and academic. You will be creating knowledge and joining the “conversation” with other experts on your topic in the academic world. As opposed to other research papers you may have written previously, this paper requires an argument that is, it should reflect your informed opinion (hence, MIOP) on the subject you choose. In order to develop an informed opinion, you must start with a subject about which you are genuinely curious. Curiosity is fundamental to a successful MIOP. You will want to pick a topic about which you genuinely want to learn more. You will research your topic informed by research questions as you hone your opinion and cultivate a working thesis. This research process is at a minimum 50 percent of the effort you will contribute to your MIOP. Curiosity drives all human intellectual 1 FWY 102 Section I MWF 2:30-3:40pm Section P3 TR 4:00-5:50pm Zarlengo, Fall 2012 endeavors. It is our relentless relationship with the question why that has produced the great body of human knowledge. The MIOP represents your opportunity to contribute to that knowledge. As you select a topic, as yourself what am I curious about? What makes me want to ask why or, as I prefer, what’s up with that ? As we’ve discussed in class, knowledge is derivative and you will be joining the “conversation” that already is going on about your topic. As such, you topic should be a response to some exposure you have had to your chosen conversation. Whether on in a class or on TV or on the radio or in something that you read, your MIOP topic should be sparked by something your experienced that made you ask, “ What’s up with that? ” All sources for your MIOP must be scholarly and academic. You must use the library databases to locate these sources. As opposed to the debate project, popular sources are unacceptable. As previously, Wikipedia and Google searches are unacceptable, unless the source was located through a Google Scholar search. You will be held responsible for assessing the credibility of your sources. In grading this paper I will be looking for the following components: A focused and clear thesis that clearly states your topic, your argument/opinion/perspective, and how you will build/prove/support your position An objective and balanced presentation of any applicable background information, as well as all relevant sides or opposing points of view in order to clearly communicate that your argument is not unfairly biased or spun to support your perspective A logical outline that presents your argument in an order that facilitates understanding of the topic you discuss, as well as the necessary balance to make your ar gument credible A clear understanding rhetorical moves (i.e., ethos, pathos, logos) required to effectively communicate your argument in a reasonable, fair, comprehensible, and credible manner A clear understanding of both the mechanics and rhetorical moves required to effectively integrate paraphrases and quotations into your text A clear ability to integrate paraphrases and quotations to avoid plagiarism in any form Proper use of grammar and mechanics Proper use of the academic writing style (as opposed to an informal or colloquial style) Proper use of MLA style (in-text and in the Works Cited page) Your grade will be broken down as follows: Content 50% Writing (including grammar/mechanics and writing style) 15% Integration of sources/research (quality/quantity of evidence, signal phrases, use of quotes/summaries/paraphrases) 15% MLA style (Basic MLA paper format, in-text citations, and Works Cited page) 20% I will describe your success in these three component areas as Excellent, Good, Adequate, Poor, Unacceptable . I will assign a number value o ut of 100 for your final grade based on your performance in the three areas above. Grade equivalents break out as 100-92 (A); 91-89 (A/B); 88-82 (B); 81-79 (B/C); 78-72 (C); 71-69 (C/D); 68-62 (D); 61-59 (D/F); 58 -below (F). 2

MIOP Schedule and Due Dates:
Mon/Tues, 04/01 &04/02: MIOP Topic Analysis Due
Wed/Thurs, 04/03 &04/04: Sign up for Conferences/Assign Workshop Groups
Week of 04/08-04/11: Conferences Due Working Thesis/Outline & Annotated Bibliography
Mon/Tues, 04/15 &04/16: MLA Workshop Bring Annotated Bibliography (1 copy) to class
Wed/Thurs, 04/17 & 04/18: Rough Draft Due (min. 5 pp.) 1 hard copy to me in class, also post
to BB by midnight on Wed (J2)/Thurs (F)
Mon/Tues, 04/22 &04/23: Workshop Groups A1 & A2
Wed/Thurs, 04/24 & 04/25: Workshop Groups B1 & B2
Wed/Thurs, 05/01 & 05/02: MIOP Due
This is it. The big boy: the Major Informed Opinion Paper (MIOP).
This paper asks you to apply the understanding of rhetoric and argumentation that you developed
in your first two papers, and combine those skills with your developing abilities as a researcher
as you create knowledge in a scholarly and academic written argument.
Consider that your first paper you demonstrated your ability to understand and apply the art of
rhetoric. In your second project you applied the rhetorical skills you demonstrated your ability to
think logically about a topic, create an argument supported by evidence, and present that
argument to an audience with the goal of persuading that audience to see the merit of your
position.
In this third paper, you will tie your skills in rhetoric, research, and critical thought together with
a lovely MIOP- y bow. You will research, think critically, and form an opinion that you will
argue credibly and logically.
Paper Requirements
Length: 10-15 pages (under 10pp or over 15pp will impact your gr ade)
Research: Minimum of 10 academic/scholarly sources one per page of your text.
Proper MLA in-text citations and Works Cited page
I leave the topic of your MIOP to your discretion. You may write about any topic you wish, but
the MIOP’s rhetorical situation is scholarly and academic. You will be creating knowledge and
joining the “conversation” with other experts on your topic in the academic world.
As opposed to other research papers you may have written previously, this paper requires an
argument that is, it should reflect your informed opinion (hence, MIOP) on the subject you
choose. In order to develop an informed opinion, you must start with a subject about which you
are genuinely curious.
Curiosity is fundamental to a successful MIOP. You will want to pick a topic about which you
genuinely want to learn more. You will research your topic informed by research questions as
you hone your opinion and cultivate a working thesis. This research process is at a minimum 50
percent of the effort you will contribute to your MIOP. Curiosity drives all human intellectual
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FWY 102
Section I MWF 2:30-3:40pm
Section P3 TR 4:00-5:50pm
Zarlengo, Fall 2012
endeavors. It is our relentless relationship with the question
why
that has produced the great body
of human knowledge. The MIOP represents your opportunity to contribute to that knowledge. As
you select a topic, as yourself what am I curious about? What makes me want to ask
why
or, as
I prefer,
what’s up with that
?
As we’ve discussed in class, knowledge is derivative and you will be joining the “conversation”
that already is going on about your topic. As such, you topic should be a response to some
exposure you have had to your chosen conversation. Whether on in a class or on TV or on the
radio or in something that you read, your MIOP topic should be sparked by something your
experienced that made you ask, “
What’s up with that?
”
All sources for your MIOP must be scholarly and academic.
You must use the library
databases to locate these sources. As opposed to the debate project, popular sources are
unacceptable. As previously, Wikipedia and Google searches are unacceptable, unless the source
was located through a Google Scholar search.
You will be held responsible for assessing the
credibility of your sources.
In grading this paper I will be looking for the following components:
A focused and clear thesis that clearly states your topic, your
argument/opinion/perspective, and how you will build/prove/support your position
An objective and balanced presentation of any applicable background information, as
well as all relevant sides or opposing points of view in order to clearly communicate that
your argument is not unfairly biased or spun to support your perspective
A logical outline that presents your argument in an order that facilitates understanding of
the topic you discuss, as well as the necessary balance to make your ar gument credible
A clear understanding rhetorical moves (i.e., ethos, pathos, logos) required to effectively
communicate your argument in a reasonable, fair, comprehensible, and credible manner
A clear understanding of both the mechanics and rhetorical moves required to effectively
integrate paraphrases and quotations into your text
A clear ability to integrate paraphrases and quotations to avoid plagiarism in any form
Proper use of grammar and mechanics
Proper use of the academic writing style (as opposed to an informal or colloquial style)
Proper use of MLA style (in-text and in the Works Cited page)
Your grade will be broken down as follows:
Content 50%
Writing (including grammar/mechanics and writing style) 15%
Integration of sources/research (quality/quantity of evidence, signal phrases, use of
quotes/summaries/paraphrases) 15%
MLA style (Basic MLA paper format, in-text citations, and Works Cited page) 20%
I will describe your success in these three component areas as
Excellent, Good, Adequate, Poor, Unacceptable
. I
will assign a number value o ut of 100 for your final grade based on your performance in the three areas above.
Grade equivalents break out as 100-92 (A); 91-89 (A/B); 88-82 (B); 81-79 (B/C); 78-72 (C); 71-69 (C/D); 68-62
(D); 61-59 (D/F); 58 -below (F).
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