The major project for this class is an informative paper. The topic must be health-related. I recommend choosing something that is diagnosable and then narrow it down so that your topic is very specific.The objective of an informative essay is not to present your view, but “to inform or educate the audience on a given topic” (The KU Handbook for Writers, 2008, p. 102).
Your informative essay might
• explain something most readers don’t know
• present the latest research on a topic
• define a complex term
• compare and contrast opposing viewpoints
• analyze a cause-effect relationship
• teach readers how to solve a problem or apply knowledge
For this course, your informative essay should be 3–5 pages in length and use at least four sources. You should also use a formal academic writing style, avoiding contractions like won’t and presenting evidence objectively instead of saying I think or relying on personal experience.
For your proposal, you need to state your proposed topic, write a tentative thesis statement, detail your intended audience, and list four potential sources for your research.
For your sources, you will need at least two periodicals, one of which will need to be a scholarly journal. One of your sources should be a current event article, sourced within the last two years. See the following example:
Proposed Topic: Substance Abuse
Tentative Thesis Statement: Substance abuse among US citizens has drastically increased due to the access to prescription and illicit drugs, the lack of support for individuals in physical and mental pain, and the push by big pharmaceutical companies to make a profit.
Intended Audience: United States citizens who are ill-informed about the substance abuse problems; Individuals and organizations who are currently dealing with substance abuse problems