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1 Guidelines for MMW Papers In MMW, we write academic arguments based on analysis of texts. MMW essays: x Ask an open-ended, arguable, level 3 question about a significant issue or problem that can be answered by scholarship, but is open to interpretation and different views. x State an arguable, level 3 thesis that answers the question and presents an argument about why this answer is best. x Explore the significance of the thesis by explaining how it clarifies or illuminates the topic. x Support the thesis with evidence taken from lecture, section discussions, and readings, and make it clear how the evidence connects to the thesis. x Accurately establish the historical and cultural contexts of texts. x Consider the merits of at least one plausible counterargument (an alternative interpretation of one or more pieces of evidence or a different characterization of the issue). Present the reasons that support the counterargument, and then offer a rebuttal : the reasons for thinking that your interpretation is better. (You don’t have to claim that your interpretation is “right” or ”true”; you just have to persuade your readers that it is the strongest among competing views.) x Provide a title that gives readers focus and direction. x Address intelligent, well-informed readers who do not necessarily know the material and who may have a different perspective on it than you do, or at least might not have thought of your thesis before reading your paper. Engage them in the topic and convince them of your thesis and the value of your argument. x Follow the conventions of MLA format for citing all ideas, information, and words that come from any outside source. For instance, the first time you refer to an author, even if the author is in your Works Cited and even if the people in your course know who you are talking about, write the full name and give enough background information to make it clear why you are referencing this author. x Adhere to the MMW policies for submitting papers as specified in this handout, the assignment sheets, and grading rubrics, all of which are posted on the MMW website. Resources: x A Writer’s Reference pp. 3-21, 28-32, 71-88, 89-113, 119-126, 395-412 x “Level 3 Questions and Claims” and “Counterarguments” handouts on MMW 13 website Formatting and Documentation of MMW Papers Follow these guidelines for a ll papers written for MMW:
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