Each student must write a typed 5 – 7 page formal paper excluding the bibliograp
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Each student must write a typed 5 – 7 page formal paper excluding the bibliography and
endnotes on a topic related to Hip-Hop in Society. You will be graded on your ability to
construct a coherent thesis statement, integration of ideologies from class discussions,
readings, films, contemporary issues, and grammar (e.g., spelling, transitioning, etc.). It should
not be merely a summary of what you learned but an analysis of a particular area that has not
been discussed in class.
How you will be graded for your research paper:
Grammar (e.g., spelling and smooth transition) and clarity (2 points)
*Proofread for any grammatical errors *Has the appropriate structure for paragraphs
(introduction, body, and conclusion) *Proper use of quotations, summary, and paraphrase
*Does not make claims without providing supporting evidence *Defines key terms *Strong
thesis statement that grab’s the readers’ attention
*Bibliography which includes at least 1-2 texts and 3-4 peer reviewed articles
*States intellectual interests Organization (2 Points)
*Is the researcher’s paper easy to follow (i.e., clarity)?
Content (5 Points)
*Does the researcher understand this particular field of Hip-Hop?
*Is the researcher able to integrate his/her own thoughts with the readings, class discussions
and contemporary issues?
*Did the researcher answer the what, where, how, when and why questions related to his/her
*Does the researcher incorporate a strong thesis statement listed in the assignment and
answer the research questions posed using the appropriate sources?
Formatting Style (2 Points)
*Minimum of 5-7 pages
*Double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt font and 1.00 inch margins
*Uses Chicago Style (Humanities 15th edition) appropriately when citing sources
*Submitted on or before the due date on blackboard and hard-copy
Your ability to construct sociological analysis using theories from the class readings of the
topic chosen (2 Points)
*Must use at least 1 theory from class within their final paper
Peer Reviewed Articles and Books (2 Points)
*Must include a minimum of 1-2 texts and 3-4 peer reviewed articles