write about Martin Luther King Jr., Adolf Hitler, any serial killer, any reality TV stars, or any sports figure

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For the 4-6 page Cause and Effect paper, you will pose an argument and support it with valid, academic, credible sources. Remember that your voice is still the primary voice in the paper–in fact, the sources should present a minority of the material on the page. Rather, they should be brought in where appropriate to help validate your own points. After every bit of borrowed material, include an In-Text Citation.
Be sure to include 4-6 sources in your paper. It’s important to not rely on only one or two sources, and it’s also important not to rely too much on sources. A good balance will be one unique source per page in the required page count. For more advanced work, a greater number of sources may be appropriate, but for this paper, 4-6 will do.
At the end of your paper, you must include a Works Cited page. This does not count toward the page count, so be sure you have your 4-6 pages before including it.
This is an argumentative paper, and as such you must present an argument. That is, you make a point and then convince your reader that your point is valid. That’s all an argument is! So to get started, you need to figure out what you will be arguing. What point do you want to make? There are a few limitations, but other than those, the choice is ultimately yours.
Limitations:
• Your argument must be a claim of policy or a claim of cause/effect.
• I will not accept papers about serial killers, immigration, conspiracy theories, abortion, gun control, and legalization of marijuana.
• If you choose to do a biography, do not write about Martin Luther King Jr., Adolf Hitler, any serial killer, any reality TV stars, or any sports figure (unless you can make a solid case for the sports figure being important outside of the sport itself).
• Your argument must be academic in nature. (“Which Kardashian is the best?” is not academic. “What cultural impact has the Kardashian family had on America?” is academic)
This paper should be written in formal, academic language. There was some room for “I” and “me” in the first and second paper, but not in this one. Frame everything from an objective point of view. This is not an opinion paper, so there’s no need to offer personal feedback or feelings–just your logic, facts, and firm statements.
You can include things that are subjective, but frame them in terms of the objective. For instance, it may be your opinion that the speed limit on Winchester Drive needs to be raised to 35mph. That’s fine.
Instead of saying “I feel like the speed limit is too slow and I want it to be faster,” you should instead say “The speed limit on Winchester Drive needs to be raised to 35 miles per hour.” Firm. Strong. Furthermore, explain why!
Here’s a convincing way to put it: “The speed limit on Winchester Drive is 25 miles per hour, but those adhering to this speed limit impede the flow of traffic. The speed limit needs to be raised to 35 miles per hour to accommodate actual practices of driving on the road and to improve the flow of traffic on this frequently-congested path.” And then to really sell it, provide data! Maybe you can set up a camera, or go observe traffic, or contact the City of Sedalia or MoDoT for data.
This is just one example of an argument you can make. I’ve had successful papers about changing the rules for horse shows, about how Florence Nightingale revolutionized health care, about the importance of vaccination, and even about the use of mermaids in mythology. As long as it’s academic and it’s a claim of policy or cause/effect, it can work.

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