8-10 Double Spaced Pages
Due Week Twelve (Tues)
Now that you have pulled together some quality material that expands the topic of the op-ed in an annotated bibliography, it’s time for you to write your own essay.
Resources to help you write Assignment 3:
Re-read “They Say/I Say” REQUIRED reading from Week 1.
Read “Handout for Students: Citing Quoting Paraphrasing” posted under Modules.
Lessons from tutorials in the Week of March 23, “How to write a brief.”
Get feedback on your writing from UofT Writing Centres.
For more writing tips, read “POL106_Week 9 Presentation on Final Assignment and Writing.pdf” posted under Modules.
Using the material (citations) you have gathered for Assignments 1 and 2, you are required to write a more in-depth analysis of the topic you have chosen. Note that you can also find additional citations (i.e., those not used in Assignments 1 and 2) for this brief.
Unlike Assignment 1, in this research brief you are NOT evaluating the arguments of others; instead, you are presenting your own analysis of ALL of the issues at stake around the topic, with citations.
You do NOT want to “argue” or “persuade” or “convince” someone of a particular point of view (the way an op-ed sets out to do). Therefore, avoid using “I” while writing.
Instead, you want to inform the reader of ALL of the different viewpoints, issues, unresolved questions, and areas for future research that relate to your chosen topic.
Think of this assignment as a “written brief” which you are presenting to someone else (e.g., a prominent government official) who has asked YOU to provide them with EVERYTHING they need to know about a topic. In other words, imagine that you are the “tour guide” for your chosen topic.
You want to be as comprehensive and unbiased as possible, so that whomever is reading your brief feels better informed about the topic.
Do not write any personal opinions.
Look at every related issue, and choose the most credible sources. It does not have to be limited to sources listed in your annotated bibliography.
The essay should be comprehensive coverage of every related topic and issue.
You should have an introductory paragraph with a sound thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
wwwnytimescom.pdf is the main topic of this essay. I have written a summary of this article on POL106 Assignment 1, and wrote an annotated bibliography of sources related to the NY Times article in assignment 2. You should look at all three files that I have attached and write a brief of every or most of the sources in assignment 2. If the sources do not seem to be at a high quality, you can also search for other external sources related to the topic (Facebook’s dominance on the social networking service industry, and that Facebook should be broken up into multiple firms.) I do not need a front cover page. You can start right away with the introductory paragraph.