The Veterans Administration healthcare scandal

| May 20, 2015

 
References Norton Field Guide chapters 43 (“Developing a Research Plan”), 44 (“Finding Sources”), 45 (“Evaluating Sources”), 46 (“Synthesizing Ideas”), 47 (“Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing”), 48 (“Acknowledging Sources, Avoiding Plagiarism”), and 12 (“Annotated Bibliographies”). See also the �FWS-4 Preview� at Blackboard.
1. Topic This formal writing submission will be a formal, documented, exploratory research paper which focuses on some aspect of your choice of one of the following current controversies involving the US federal government:
� The U.S. federal debt
� The �Fast and Furious� scandal
� The �Benghazi� scandal
� The Affordable Care Act
� NSA domestic surveillance
� The �IRS Targeting� scandal
� The Veterans Administration healthcare scandal
This requirement is a continuation of and must reflect the same topic as your FWS-2 and FWS-3 requirements.
The final draft must include a minimum of six well developed paragraphs and must incorporate academically credible outside source material from at least five different sources. Your goal will be to focus on a relevant thesis and support your argument with reputable (academic) outside source material.

Note: Your last formal writing submission (FWS-5) will be a further development of this research project, an expanded revision of FWS-4 developed into a formal argument (to include acknowledgment and refutation of counterargument).
2. Purpose � To engage the academic research process: to read, analyze, summarize, and synthesize ideas and to respond critically in writing to those sources with a polished, focused, formal academic essay reflecting college-level documentation conventions in MLA format.
� To apply college standards of reader-responsible writing in third person.
� To use computer technology to draft, save, open, revise, edit, and present an academic document.
3. Audience Engage your reader as any American college reader, male or female, who may or may not be your age, who may or may not be a native English speaker, who may or may not be an American citizen, who may or may not be familiar with local culture, and who may be an undergraduate or graduate student or an instructor or professor of any academic discipline.
4. Diction Formal, college-level (no contraction, no informal diction, slang, or street language, and no clich� expression).
This essay must reflect an identifiable stance and formal academic diction�no contractions; no informal, colloquial, slang, or street language; no pretentious language; no inappropriate jargon; and no clich� or redundant expression (except as required for accurate direct quotation). See the yellow handbook section of your NFG: HB 39-42.
5. Organization One well developed essay with the following components:
One
Introductory Paragraph
(General to specific) Lead-in content: The first several sentences of the first paragraph must draw the reader into the essay and provide relevant, adequate background or narrative that leads logically to the thesis statement.
Thesis statement: The last sentence of the first paragraph must preview the topic of the entire essay and signal the essay�s argument (assertion).
Four to Six
Well Developed
Body Paragraphs � The first sentence of each body paragraph should serve as a functional topic sentence (a) that signals clear support for the thesis statement and (b) that previews the paragraph�s topic and argument.
� Each body paragraph must include adequate, relevant, well organized detail that provides adequate, relevant outside-source support for the paragraph�s topic sentence (which in turn supports the essay�s thesis.
� Each body paragraph must include at least three integrated outside sources of support (summarized, paraphrased, or quoted) with accurate in-text citation, of which, at least one must be direct quotation.
� The last sentence of each body paragraph must serve as a functional concluding statement that reviews the paragraph�s topic and argument (without simply repeating wording from topic sentence). This sentence may also serve as transition to the next paragraph.
One
Concluding Paragraph

(Specific to general) � The first sentence of the last paragraph should review the essay�s topic and argument (without simply repeating the wording of the thesis statement).
� The next four to six sentences should review each body paragraph�s topic and argument (without repeating the wording of the topic sentences); these review statements should make a clear connection between the essay�s topic and some relevance for the reader.
� Additional relevant conclusions that connect the essay�s topic and some relevance for the reader�some statement of implications.
Works Cited The last page of this essay must be an MLA-formatted Works Cited that includes accurate bibliographic entries for all sources referenced in the essay.
6. Special Requirements � This essay may reflect no first person and no second person�except as needed for accurate direct quotation.
� This essay must include at least four direct quotations: (a) three short direct quotations and (b) one long (block) quotation (see NFG 465) with corresponding in-text (parenthetical) citations.
� This body of this essay must include integrated support from at least five different academically reputable sources, three of which must be from different genres (for example, one book, one specialized reference text, and one journal or other periodical).
� The body of this essay should include an effective variety of quoted, paraphrased, and summarized source material.
� This essay should include no inappropriate verb tense or verb forms (that is, use present tense in signal phrases that refer to information that any source reports).
� The final draft must be typed in MLA format and printed in Courier New size 12 font.
� The final draft must be submitted (a) in a paper folder along with all preceding notes, drafts, and required photocopied material and (b) at the designated FWS-4 SafeAssignment folder.
� Any source material summarized, paraphrased, or directly quoted in your essay must be printed (or photocopied), labeled with its source clearly identified, and included in the final submission folder.
� Any plagiarism, intended or not, may result in an automatic grade of zero.
7. Due Dates � First Full Draft: Your first full draft with in-text citations and Works Cited is due as both hardcopy and at the designated SafeAssignment folder by no later than the beginning of class on Monday, 23 June.
� Peer Review: Peer review is tentatively scheduled for Monday and/or Wednesday, 23 and 25 June.
� Final Draft: Your final draft is due in both hardcopy (in a paper folder with all writing process and printed or photocopied source content) and at the designated FWS-4 SafeAssignment folder by the end of lab on Friday, 27 June..

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