This is a two page APA style thought paper. I would like the topic to be based on Chapter 7 social issues of homelessness. Here in the Imperial Valley, there is a large population of homeless people.
The idea of this assignment is to have you practice your critical thinking and analysis skills by writing a thought paper or a solution essay on a real-life planning issue. A thought paper is a concise, accessible summary based on research and your interpretation through an analysis.
You have much flexibility in choosing the topic and in how you develop your argument – but it important to accomplish a few key outcomes in this assignment. You must:
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1. Use the textbook and cite your references
2. Search for at least one external resource – an academic journal, a TED Talk, an NPR story, etc. … NOTE: not Wikipedia
3. Present your own ideas in the paper, and these must be supported with logic
First, read/review the What is a Thought Paper to help you decide which guideline you will follow. Each of the documents leads you through a logical sequence for the paper.
The first paper will be based on your selection of a chapter topic, selecting from Chapters 1-9.There is no ‘prompt’ from me for this paper – you choose the topic and develop it per the thought paper.
My recommendations for currently relevant chapters – topics that you will easily find news stories or other resource information about, as well as local Imperial County issues – are:
1. 7 (social issues)
Perhaps the MOST IMPORTANT thing is that the problem you are writing about MUST be a problem in Imperial County. You MUST include a real-life example of the problem.
For example, maybe you choose to write about transportation. Is transportation a problem in Imperial County? If so, how is it a problem? What negative impact does it have on residents? What is being done about it? What solution would you offer to solve the problem?
Ask yourself these questions when selecting a topic.
In contrast, if you were to write about an eight-lane highway construction project … is that relevant to Imperial County? Maybe not. So, transportation issues such as this would not be a very good choice for your paper.
Always – if you have questions or concerns or need clarification – reach out to me. I am happy to text, talk, or meet face-to-face so that we can ensure you submit a paper you feel confident about.
Other relevant guidelines/requirements:
1. 12-font, Times New Roman or Arial
2. APA style
3. First line indent, double space
4. 1” margins
5. 2 solid pages of writing – does not include a title page (if you choose to do a title page)
6. Reference page – should include the textbook, at least one other reference
The idea of this assignment is to have you practice your critical thinking and analysis skills by writing a thought paper or a solution essay on a real-life planning issue. A thought paper is a concis
What is a thought paper? Adapted from Belinda Snell, Research Coordinator, Northern Institute Thought papers are concise, accessible summaries based on research and your interpretation through an analysis. These brief papers (2-3 pages) allow you to explore your own thoughts, ideas, and insights regarding a particular topic in a less formal way than a research paper. You get to determine why the discussion of these issues is meaningful, and why the questions raised are significant. Your thought paper should demonstrate: evidence of considered, analytical thinking about the topic points written in a clear, straightforward, and understandable way a logical, compelling, and convincing argument, proposition or demonstration of the topic The introduction should contain all the basic information in one paragraph (“tell them what you are going to tell them”). Begin the introduction with a general sentence or a relevant example from daily life. Then talk about the topic you have selected. Finally, include your own idea/opinion/view in a concise and focused form. The body of your thought paper should provide support for your idea/opinion/view (“tell them”). For this, decide on the key points that will focus your ideas and put them into “topic sentences” (a topic sentence makes a general statement that is wider in its scope than the rest of the sentences in the paragraph, and those other sentences should support it). Try to write in short sentences and have a new paragraph for each of your ideas. The final sentence of each paragraph should lead into the next paragraph. Also, make sure (a) the topic sentence of each paragraph really supports your idea/opinion/view, and (b) this is obvious to the reader. Questions to consider in the body of the paper Who is the message for? What issue does your thought paper address? Why is this issue current and relevant? What position do you take on the issue? Why? What evidence do you have to support this argument? The conclusion of the thought paper comes in the final paragraph. It should be a restatement of what you said in your paper. It can also be a comment which focuses your thoughts and/or makes predictions for future studies. Note that your conclusion should include no new information (“tell them what you told them”).