Research Paper for English 101: “City of Angels”
You will write a research paper dealing with a problem that affects the plight of a group of people and your solution(s) to the problem. For the paper, you should use the Toulmin model, which means that your paper should include your argument as well as a rebuttal.
For your research paper, you are going to focus on one issue that concerns Los Angeles, aka the “City of Angels.” You can focus on any city in the Los Angeles County.
Even though Los Angeles has not suffered from such violent crime and corruption as Brazil’s City of God has, there are major issues concerning this city. These issues may not affect you personally, but they do affect a large number of citizens in this city.
Begin your assignment by looking through the “Local” section of the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly (either online or in print) and read about current topics that affect your neighborhood and your city. You can look at past issues (six months ago) as well as issues in today’s papers.
Then, from your reading, pick an issue from these newspapers that you are passionate about or at least interested in. Such issues to consider: homelessness, gangs, drug abuse, child abuse, animal abuse, teenage pregnancy, the unemployed, race relations, traffic, etc.
This is a problem-solution research paper, so your thesis statement must state the problem (e.g. homelessness) and the solutions to the problem (e.g. “The ways to solve the city’s homelessness problem are to …”).
After the introduction, the first part of your paper will explain the problem, using facts, statistics and testimonials as support. The next part of the paper will explain the solution, using facts, statistics and testimonials as support. If there are individuals and/or organizations that are doing something about the situation, interview them. Remember, I do not want just a fact-filled paper; you MUST explain how each fact supports your argument.
The next part of the paper will explain the counter-arguments to your solution; let your opponents get have their say. Then, respond to your opponents; never let your opponent get the last say.
Finally, the conclusion should reinstate the thesis statement, as well as leave the reader with not only an understanding of the problem, but an encouragement to take action.
The paper must be at least 7 pages long. It must be typed and double-spaced and include a title page and a Work Cited page.
The first draft of your paper will be Tuesday, May 19.
The final draft of your paper will be due on the last day of class, Tuesday, June 2, at 12:30 p.m.