7-8 page paper in correct MLA style that focuses on one topic related to the developmental psychology and/or educational foundations for Christian educational ministry.
This assignment is designed to provide you with the opportunity to explore a topic that is of particular interest to you and to practice research and writing skills. The goal is to have students see questions as a way to intellectually engage and solve real-life ministry problems and issues. This is a preliminary preparation assignment for your final philosophy of ministry paper you will write in CMI 421 during your senior year.
Your paper should:
There are hundreds of possible topics! The topics below are offered to stimulate your thinking. Remember, the goal of your paper is to use a developmental or learning theory to understand your topic better – don’t just write a paper about your topic in general!
Your paper will be developed and handed in in four stages. Please check the class schedule for due dates (points will be lost for turning in assignments late). All papers must be typed.
Proposal: This formal proposal should describe your topic and the theoretical construct you are planning to explore.
(If you change your topic anywhere along the process, you must write a new proposal and get permission from the instructor to change your topic.
Sources: You need to list a beginning bibliography of at least 10 sources.
Detailed Outline of Paper: Turn in a 3 page outline of your paper. A summary of your ideas and potential quotes should be included. This outline should literally be in outline form. The only part of your outline that should be fully written out is your introductory paragraph. In your introductory paragraph please clearly state your thesis (underline your thesis statement in your introduction), preview where your paper is going to go, and briefly describe your audience for the paper. Include your proposal, sources papers, and annotated bibliography (the copies with the instructor’s comments on them) when you turn in your outline. 25 points
Here is one way your outline could be set up:
Final Paper: Please check the Research Paper Feedback form to understand exactly what you need to include in your final paper. Include a clear introduction and conclusion for your paper. After your introduction, preview your paper (and in the conclusion, review the paper). Use headings in your paper. Again, clearly underline your thesis statement in your introduction. Make sure you proofread your paper (getting someone else to read it also would be VERY wise). Make sure you clearly define all terms. Include a complete Works Cited list for your final paper. Include the Writing Center evaluation with your paper along with your original proposal, sources, and outline (the copies with the instructor’s comments on them). 250 points.
You must consult with at least one aspect of the paper writing process with a writing assistant in the Writing Center. You can get help on picking an idea, developing a bibliography, developing an outline, editing, grammar, or an overall reading of the assignment. Writing Center tutors can help you on all of your writing in any stage of your writing process, but they will usually focus on content and organization before they look at grammar and style. Expect to be actively involved during your session, whether you are developing a better thesis, reorganizing your main points, or consulting a style manual to understand formatting rules. You must include a written evaluation by a Writing Center assistant after your consultation. Papers without a
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