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You are required to write a cogent paper describing a well conceived and supported position on a controversial issue related to public health, based on the list of topics available on the CDC’s Winnable Battles website (MY TOPICEIS HIV, IT IS IN THE LINK ABOVE).
1.Each paper draft should be at least 2500 words (about 10 standard double-spaced pages), plus additional pages for title page and references.
2.You MUST use section headings labeled: Introduction, Background, Supporting Arguments (with subheadings for each argument), Opposing Arguments (with subheadings for each argument), and Conclusion.
3.Introduction — Clearly state your position on the issue in a concise manner in an introductory paragraph.Place the issue in the proper context, with any needed statistics or supporting facts.Identify the audience for whom the position statement will be useful.
4.Background — Describe the background of the issue that constitutes the rationale for the topic being labeled as an issue. Background must include contemporary, relevant data and appropriate citations.Remember this is NOT an opinion paper.Therefore the background should include:
·Terminology related to your issue
·Summary of the controversy related to your issue
·Legitimate research done on your issue
·Descriptions of the impact this data has on your issue.
5.Supporting Argument — When presenting your position, you will need to discuss both sides of the issue and clearly state the position you are supporting.Present the supporting argument first, with at least THREE points supporting you position. These points must be firmly rooted in findings from research studies and should not be conjecture, supposition or opinion. Use subheadings for each supporting point so that it is clear that your points are distinct from each other.
6.Opposing Argument – Why might your target audience be opposed to your position? There may be research studies that have found results counter to your points, state these and explain how your position takes these counterpoints into consideration. It may also be that the news media has presented less well researched positions that have influenced public opinion. Address the flaws in their points. You may include these sources in your counter arguments as long as they are from reputable sources.If you are unsure, check with your professor.Again, use subheadings to ensure that you are providing three distinct counterarguments.
7.Conclusion – Bring the paper to a logical conclusion by summarizing the essence of the argument and then conclude by restating your thesis or position in similar words used in the introduction to your position.
8.References – Your list of references must include a minimum of ten reputable sources. These should be academic sources, such as current journal articles. Do NOT use videos or TV shows and avoid the popular press. In some cases reputable newspapers and magazines may be useful, but you must have 10 peer reviewed sources before you use a popular press source. In any event, a popular press piece must be a supplemental source, not the main source for your paper. Reputable web sources are acceptable (CDC, WHO, HHS, etc.) Look for .gov, .edu or .org endings but when in doubt, ask the professor!
Be sure that all references used are listed on the references page.Further, references listed on the reference page should be used in the paper. Do not list what you do not use and do not use what you do not list. Double check for accuracy!
9.Apply principles of good composition, including appropriate sentence structure, grammar and meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of your writing.
10.Strict APA format standards will be applied to the grading of your paper so pay close attention to citations within the text and in the list of references.The title page should also conform to APA style.These standards also apply to the draft. If you are in doubt, check the Hacker Handbook APA style section. There are no excuses for lack of APA style.
11.Correctly cited paraphrasing is expected. You may use exactly one (1) quote if you feel it adds to your paper in a way that paraphrasing cannot.The use of more than one quote will result in the deductions of points. You are at the point in your academic career that you do not need to rely on other’s words.You are capable of synthesizing and citing information properly.If you do use a quote, be sure to introduce it and integrate it into the paragraph. Do not just slap the quote into the paragraph and expect it to wondrously explain everything.Remember, quotes require page numbers, synthesized and paraphrased information does not; however, all work that is not your original thought requires citation.