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ENGL 1101 Mitchell - Destination Research Essay: Assignments

Locale Research Essay Assignment

It never hurts to have the assignment written in more than one place, right?

Research Essay Assignment Sheet
Due Date Thursday, Dec. 1 by 11:59 pm

Purpose: The purpose of this essay assignment is to increase your ability to find credible secondary sources and effectively incorporate them into a persuasive essay.

Skills: After doing this assignment, you will be able to:

  • 1. Find and incorporate research into your essays.
  • 2. Be persuasive in your writing.
  • 3. Write clear and organized essays.
  • 4. Write clear and organized paragraphs that contribute to the overall meaning of the essay.

Knowledge: After doing this assignment, you will know:

  • 1. More about a specific place you want to visit.
  • 2. How to use the GSU Library Resources to find credible sources.

Task: Choose a place that you have never been to that you want to visit. Then write an
argumentative essay about why people should go there. You must use at least five, secondary
sources to support your argument. At least three of your sources need to be books or articles
found in the GSU library catalog or in databases that can be accessed through the GSU library
(www.library, If you do use internet sources, they still need to be credible. Use the
CRAP Test Handout to help you evaluate and make sure you are using the most effective
sources. This evaluation should be just for yourself and should not be in the essay.
Your essay needs to be between 1,000 and 1,500 words. You must include in-text citations and a
works cited page. The works cited page is essential but does not contribute toward your 1,000-
1,500 word count. Your essay should be in MLA format 9th edition, including the in-text
citations and the works cited, 12 point, Times New Roman font, and double spaced. Your
audience is a skeptical audience who is wary of travel. You cannot use the first person, second
person, or contractions in this essay.

Criteria for Success: Below is a description of what I am looking for in your essay. All these
qualities are important to have, but I have listed the criteria I am going to pay the most attention
to in my grading first and every subsequent criterion I am going to focus on a little less on than
the one before it.

An Effective Research Essay:

  • 1. Effectively incorporates credible research and uses that research to develop an argument. You should have between two and five pieces of cited evidence, direct quotes or paraphrase in each body paragraph. You should have evidence from at least two different sources in each paragraph, and you should use most of your sources at least twice.
  • 2. Has a clear, focused, argumentative thesis.
  • 3. Is coherently and logically organized with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion.
  • 4. Includes in-text citations and a works cited that are formatted correctly.
  • 5. Contains correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Locale Infographic Assignment

Infographic Finals Assignment


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You will not have a final for this class. Instead, you will create an infographic based on your research paper and give a three-to-five-minute presentation on your infographic during our final exam time, Tuesday, 12/6 from 1:00 to 3:30pm. The infographic will be due to Assignments on iCollege by 12:30pm on Tuesday, 12/6. You will make this infographic in Canva, which can be accessed at In the infographic, you will be presenting information from your Research Essay on the place you focused on in this essay. The goal of the infographic is to try to convince others to visit this place but using a more visual format than that of an essay. You need to have three to five pieces of information from your
research, including cited evidence from at least two of your secondary sources. You need to have a visual accompanying each piece of information. Your infographic must have at least two colors. The focus of this infographic is to present your information visually in a logical and engaging way. It should have a title at the beginning and a works cited at the end. Do not use one of the themes in Piktochart because one of the things I am looking at in my grading is how you organize the information, and I want you to create your own organization. All visuals used need to be copyright free, and you need to have citations for all the sources you got information and visuals from for this infographic at the bottom of it.
We will have a training specialist come to class to instruct you on how to use Canva to create an infographic. The rubric for the infographic assignment and samples are on iCollege in the Infographic folder. Also, look at this website for more suggests on creating an effective infographic: This assignment connects to Digital Technology from the Career Readiness Competencies Rubric. There is an infographic rubric in the Wrap Up module. I suggest that you attach your infographic to you Portfolium account