college english 1121 persuasive research paper about autism

Wavering (you must address the “other side” at least once).


You must pose and answer an important question; position your own interpretation in relation to what others have said; and take a stand.

The purpose of your research paper is not to merely inform the reader about Autism, but to draw on what others have to say about Autism and engage the sources in order to thoughtfully offer a unique

perspective on Autism.


Ask questions about Autism. Out of these questions

you will create a thesis by turning the questions into statements. After doing preliminary research, develop a working thesis.


: 6-7 pages (not including works cited, interview, survey, and other attachments)

Citation Style:



ten (minimum)

1 from an academic journal

1 from the interview you conduct

1 from website

3 from different periodicals (magazines, newspapers, etc)

4 from different books

You must actually quote from at least ten different sources, according to the list above. You may use other sources in your paper such as films, TV shows, pamphlets, etc but they do not count

toward the ten minimum sources.

Photocopies of Sources:

Print off or copy the original page for each reference cited in the paper.

So if you use a quotation from page 45 from a book, copy the entire page 45. If you use a quotation from an online source, print off the page on which the source appears. DO NOT hand in entire articles or books—only the page from which you quote.

Order of Presentation:

Paper, Works Cited, Interview, Photocopies of References.

Primary Research


You must conduct one interview with someone who is either an expert” regarding Autism. The expertise/credibility of the person you interview may be gained from academic

pursuits, work experience, and/or personal experience.

The interview should consist of 10 or more questions. Create questions that establish basic

background information about the person you are interviewing, particularly look to establish

credibility. Then develop questions that help explain or fill in areas of your research about which you have questions you cannot find in secondary sources or questions about issues you research yet want more information about. Be prepared to ask more questions for greater clarity and details when conducting the interview. Also, be prepared to ask questions about an issue they may bring up that you did not anticipate when preparing your questions.

You may conduct the interview over the telephone, via email, or in person. The entire interview must be transcribed and typed, including your questions and the answers of the person you interview.

You must quote from the interview you conduct in your final paper at least once.

The questions you develop for the interview and the survey should work together to illuminate Autism