Complete each brainstorming activity for the essay. Make sure to meet length req

Complete each brainstorming activity for the essay. Make sure to meet length requirements. For instance, if 10-12 sentences are required, make sure to write ten complete sentences.
Once you begin, these questions will display one by one for you to answer:
Freewrite 15-20 sentences about a problem in education that you are interested in writing about for Paper 5. The problem can be in K-12 or college.
Write a tentative thesis.
A thesis is the main guiding argument of your paper. It should be clear and concise: 1-2 sentences long. When you write your paper, you should make your thesis the last sentence of your first paragraph (the introduction).
If you were to write an outline, what are 10-12 main ideas you could write about as evidence to support your thesis? Write them as bullets (no need for complete sentences).
Now try writing a topic sentence for each bullet. A topic sentence is usually the first sentence of a body paragraph. A body paragraph is every paragraph except your first paragraph (the introduction) and the last paragraph (the conclusion). Each topic sentence should support your thesis and be focused on ONE main idea.
Good writers always try to hook the reader in the first few sentences. Here are two resources on how to create compelling introductions: An Academic Essay: The Opening Paragraph (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and Hooks and Attention Grabbers (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Below, write 3-4 sentences that you feel would hook the reader and lead to your thesis.
Essay 4 (a.k.a. “The Research Paper”) Guidelines
6-8 pages (not including the Works Cited page; only papers with 6 full pages of writing will receive a passing grade)
Outside research is required; one source must be from LAMC Library database research.
Requires 4 sources, quoted and paraphrased (with MLA format) with one from the LAMC Library Databases.
Must include MLA Works Cited page (with annotations removed)
Thesis must make an argument about a problem or issue in K-12 or college education and its effect on society.
Avoid using “I” OR “you”
Essay Prompt
Write an argumentative research paper about a problem in education. Select an issue related to K-12 or college education in America and take a position on it. Your thesis should clearly argue what the government or another authority should do differently to solve the problem.
Potential Topics
Potential topics include
treatment of special education students
racism in schools
standardized testing and its strangehold on freedom/creativity
achievement gaps based on race or poverty
education funding
corporations in education (like Pearson)
teacher pay and/or teacher bonuses
arts in education
sports in schools
treatment of marginalized students (such as LGBTQ students, Muslim students, English Language Learners, etc.)
religion in schools
sex education
This is not a comprehensive list, but hopefully this will give you an idea of potential ideas.
Your essay should be a minimum of 6 FULL pages. Every available line should be used. No cover pages.
The essay should have 1-inch margins with 12-point Times New Roman font.
References to or examples from no less than four sources, such as books, online articles, and at least ONE database article. These sources can be paraphrased in your own words, or they can presented as brief, correctly integrated direct quotations. Please use the quotation sandwich! You will need proper MLA in-text citations for all paraphrases and direct quotations.
Remember to be persuasive. It’s okay to be controversial as long as you support your ideas with evidence and logic. Don’t ride the fence on your issue.
You will need a Works Cited page that includes the articles you chose and proper MLA formatting. (This page does NOT count towards your page minimum.)
When structuring your essay, include an introduction that sets up your argument about the article, effectively organized paragraphs with strong topic sentences and transitions, and a conclusion that does not merely restate your thesis but that leaves the reader with further “food for thought.”
PLEASE NOTE: If your paper does not meet the page minimum, you will receive an automatic D or below and your paper will not receive teacher comments.

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