Paper #1 will ask you to prove a thesis about the topic of student sports. You c
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Paper #1 will ask you to prove a thesis about the topic of student sports. You can pick ANY THESIS YOU WANT TO PROVE as long as it is loosely related to that topic. “Student sports” can include any sport played by students in grades K-college.
Possible topics might include (you CAN pick something not on this list!)
Student sports and psychological development of athletes.
College athletes being paid
Repetitive use injuries
Equal Access to sports
Sports’ importance vs. other programs sponsored by schools
Remember, these are TOPICS. You will have to develop your own THESIS (a statement, not a question, that you can prove with facts) for any topic you choose.
Paper #1 should be 3 pages long.
Paper#1 should be typed in Times New Roman 12 font.
It must include research from at least 3 different sources, all cited in the body of the paper. Sources should be professional in nature (a respected newspaper, sports or psychology journal, or other equivalent source). If you are unsure of a source’s quality, do not use it. If you don’t want to be responsible for judging the quality of your source, use sources from the O.C.C. library databases. You can log on to a library database for research through the OCC library website with your student ID. You may use ONE SOURCE from the three we used in class (three articles on D2L).
It must include an MLA style Works Cited page (see MLA Basics sheets or Little Seagull handout for proper format.)
It must have an MLA heading and page numbers.
The paper must not use personal pronouns (no “I, you, me” in any form).
Attention getter first sentence
Brief summary of the issue
The body should be several paragraphs (three is a good number), each of which proves one aspect of your thesis to be true. Body paragraphs should have a topic sentence that relates to the paper’s overall thesis. Make sure your paragraphs provide good evidence and quotes (that are cited) as well as an EXPLANATION OF WHY THOSE QUOTES AND EVIDENCE ARE IMPORTANT.
Restates thesis, reworded if you wish.
Answers the “So What?” question. Why is this important to athletes, people, or society as a whole?
Ends with a forceful last sentence.
WARNING: Papers with no in paragraph citations will receive a zero, because technically, that’s plagiarism. You can’t just attach a Works Cited page at the end and think that covers your bases!
How often should you cite sources? At least twice a page is a good estimate to work with.