Guidelines for Paper #5/Final Exam: I Think

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Essentials:
1. Take a position on the question: “Should Hawaii public schools use drug-sniffing dogs?”
2. Present one or two strong arguments for your position, and explain each in depth.
3. Present one or two strong arguments against your position, and carefully counter or discredit each.
4. Include at least one quote from the required readings.
5. Include a list of (MLA) works cited for quoted material.
6. If possible, include a personal experience to support your position.
7. Optional: Include personal interviews.
8. Apply the Checklist for All Drafts.
9. Length 750-1000.
10. Bonus: Include one or more photos that you’ve taken (5 pts) or a short video that you’ve made (10 pts) that supports a point you’re making in your paper. For more on this bonus, be sure to read the requirements.

1. Complete the readings.

2. Write a 750-1000 word essay in which you take a position on this question: “Should Hawaii public schools use drug-sniffing dogs?” You must take a position, yes or no. Don’t straddle the middle. Your position will serve as your thesis.

3. Present one or two strong arguments for your position. Explain each in depth.

4. Present one or two strong arguments against your position and carefully counter or discredit these arguments.

5. If possible, include a personal experience or observation to support your position. You have the option to include personal interviews.

6. Include at least one quote from the required readings. You have the option to include additional quotes from other articles. (These would be in addition to the one that’s required.) Apply MLA guidelines to these quotes and parenthetical references.

7. Include a works cited section at the end of your paper for the articles you quote.

8. Be sure to follow the “Checklist for All Drafts.”

9. After you’re done, post your FD5/Final Exam in your blog.

10. In Laulima, post the title and blog URL in the forum “Submit FD5/Final Exam.”

Best wishes in this, our final paper. I’ve enjoyed working with all of you and have been impressed with your motivation to improve and the overall quality of thinking that goes into your essays. The skills you’ve developed and insights you’ve gained about writing in this course can be applied to nearly all writing activities. These are tools to make your writing memorable, persuasive, and effective.

Our final exam/FD5 will be over by the end of the day, but, in the coming days, many of you will be completing and submitting your FD4. Others, who have fallen behind, will be submitting late papers. If you need help or have questions, don’t hesitate to email me – jamess@hawaii.edu

 

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