Drafting Your Portfolio Paper
Work through the process recommended in Chapters 15-19 and 21 of Engaging Questions to produce a working rough draft of your research paper.
As you compose the draft, follow the specifications in the Portfolio Project Assignment accessible from the Module 8 folder.
Your working draft should be very close to the number of pages required for the Portfolio Project (six to eight pages), with the addition of a title page and reference page.
Your draft should cite at least eight credible sources. The CSU-Global Library is an excellent place to search for credible, scholarly sources.
Your draft must be formatted according to CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA.
Note that while this Critical Thinking assignment requires that you cite at least one source for each main topic and a minimum of eight sources total, you are not required to include all sources that will be cited in the final version of your Portfolio Project. In other words, you may add more sources to your work prior to the final delivery of the Portfolio Project at the end of Week 8.
Note as well that for this Critical Thinking assignment, you will not be graded on the quality and depth of your knowledge and critical thinking as you will on the final draft of the Portfolio Project. Instead, you will be graded on proper completion of your draft per the specifications provided in this assignment description, per the Module 6 Critical Thinking Rubric provided in the Module 6 folder.
Thesis Statement – Poverty is currently a global subject that has been brought on by a number of aspects relating to food insecurity and high rates of unemployment among the world’s population. (***Need to identify the specific solution we want the thesis itself to present up front, to directly address the problem’s biggest cause? ) – This was feedback from my instructor
Information from Module 8 Portfolio Project which should be followed;
Option #2: Speculating about Causes and Proposing Solutions for a National or Global Social Issue
Explore a national or global social issue in your area, at least one of its causes, and a potential solution. For your topic, the social issue should be a problem that can be proven to exist and has potential to be solved.
Begin by stating a thesis that defines the problem, identifies and evaluates at least one aspect of the cause, and offers one potential solution. These three points—problem, cause, and solution—will be used as level I headings for the major parts of the body content.
The paper should be 6-8 pages in length (double-spaced), plus a reference page/title page, and should use a minimum of eight credible sources. The CSU-Global Library is an excellent place to search for credible, scholarly sources.
Document and citation formatting should be in CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA.
At the top of your outline, include an open-ended research question that defines the problem and asks how the problem can be solved.
Example/research question: What would it take to reduce obesity in United States/Ohio?
The research question should be followed by a thesis, which answers the research question by stating a problem, cause, and solution. The thesis can be two sentences long if necessary.
Example/thesis: [Problem] Obesity across the U.S. is on the rise [Cause] partly due to the amount of trans fats contained in restaurant food. [Solution] One solution would be to regulate the amount of trans fats restaurants are permitted to include in the food they serve and to require restaurants to clearly indicate the level of trans fats contained within each menu item.
NOTE: The sample topic above cannot be used for your project. Topics that should be avoided are those currently being widely debated among media sources. Some topics to avoid include abortion, sex trafficking, gun control, and immigration among others.
Refer to the Portfolio Project Rubric available in the Module 8 folder for more information on assignment expectations and grading.