Political economy of food in the US

The final paper will be the culmination of all your work! For this final part you will be expected to write a 10 page paper (double-spaced, 12 pt font, 1 inch margins) that critically evaluates the topic you’ve chosen. Here’s what I expect in this paper. (Also, see the guide on CANVAS for extra help).1) You need to have a clear introduction. In this introduction you have a couple of goals. You need to establish why the topic you’re discussing is important and you need to provide a thesis statement (which may be more than one sentence). A thesis statement is basically a persuasion statement; it lets the reader know what position you are taking and what direction the paper will go in. Your introduction should also clearly lay out how the paper will develop. (e.g. “In this paper I will first consider X, then discuss Y and then explore Z in relation to X and Y”). 2) You need to have a well-developed, logically organized main body. This is the “meat” of the paper. This is where you lay out all your arguments, and keep in mind that the order arguments are presented matters.

You should have a vision of where you want to “end up” with your paper and the body should develop logically in ways that hopefully bring the reader along easily. Also make sure to use paragraphs properly. Each paragraph should contain one central idea, not three or five or more.3) Finally, you need to have a conclusion that summarizes your main points in a clear and concise way. This section should wrap things up quickly and clearly for the reader. In some cases, perhaps if the issue at hand is very challenging and doesn’t have clear answers, you may want to include a few brief comments on what type of research you think is needed in the future to help clarify any remaining problems with your topic. The Research Paper ItselfPlease consult yoursyllabus for basic formatting and length requirements. I’ve also outlined on the syllabus some basic expectations regarding what I’m looking for. The following extra tips cover problems that students commonly encounter.As I’ve said on the syllabus, please come see me for help if you don’t understand something.Poor grammar/structural problemsPoor grammar is very common and a sourceof significant loss of points. What this typically reflects is a lack of editing and proper review (aka. proof reading and revising). Paperswritten at the last minute (not that anyone does that, right?) typically have the most problems. The best way to fix this is to review your work multiple times. Read your papers out loud. Put them aside for a few hours (at least) or even a day or two and then re-read them. These exercises can expose most of your errors. Have someone else read your work. This is important because we know what we mean to say, but other people do not. Having someone else read your work can expose weaknesses in grammar and organization, and generally improve the “flow” and clarity of your work. The structure of your paper, which includes grammar, organization and sentence structure, has a tremendous impact on how effective your arguments are and how well they are understood. It’s not just your ideas that matter, but how they’re transmitted. UM-Dearborn has a great writing center, so please make use of it! (It’s free!)I’ve put the links to the writing center on the syllabus for you. Here’s a link to some tips on how to go beyond simple proof reading, to ensure that your arguments are solid, well organized and expressed clearly: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/revising-drafts/ 1) What constitutes minor spelling and grammatical errors: these are small errors in spelling and grammar (ie. capitalization or misspelled words, minor errors in sentence structure) that usually result from not proof-reading or editing your work. 2) What constitutes major spelling and grammatical errors: these are more significant errors in spelling and grammar (ie. multiple and repeated errors in spelling and grammar, significant errors in sentence structure and/or tense) that often can be corrected with having someone else edit your work or with aid from thewriting center. 3) What constitutes significant spelling and grammatical errors: these are serious errors in spelling, grammar or language use as above that significantly disrupt the readingand/or understanding of the writing.