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Prepare: To help with the preparation of your annotated bibliography, review the following tutorials and resources from the Ashford Writing Center:

  • Introduction Paragraph Guide
  • Thesis Statement tutorial
  • Annotated Bibliography tutorial
  • Sample Annotated Bibliography
  • Evaluating Sources

Reflect: Reflect back on the Week Two Discussion in which you shared with the class the global societal issue that you would like to further address. Adult illiteracy. 

Write: For this assignment, review the Annotated Bibliography Formatting Guidelines and address the following prompts:

  • Introductory Paragraph to Topic: Refer to the Final Argumentative Essay guidelines for your topic selection. Write an introductory paragraph with at least 150 words, which clearly explains the topic, the importance of further research, and ethical implications.
  • Thesis statement: Write a direct and concise thesis statement, which will become the solution to the problem that you will argue or prove in the Week Five Final Argumentative Essay. A thesis statement should be a declarative statement that makes one point in 25 words or less. The thesis statement must appear at the end of the introductory paragraph.
  • Annotated Bibliography: Develop an annotated bibliography to indicate the quality of the sources you have read. For each annotation, you need to summarize in your own words how the source contributes to the solution of the global societal issue. Your annotation should be one to two paragraphs long (150 words or more) and fully address the purpose, content, evidence, and relation to other sources you found on this topic. The annotated bibliography must include no less than five scholarly sources that will be used to support the major points of the Final Argumentative Essay. Critical thinking skills need to be demonstrated by accurately interpreting evidence used to support various positions of the topic.

The Introduction, Thesis Statement, and Annotated Bibliography Assignment

  • Must be 1,000 ? 1,250 words in length (excluding the title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in theAshford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student?s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor?s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least five scholarly sources.
  • Must document all sources in APA style



What is an Annotated Bibliography?


Some of your courses at Ashford University will require you to write an Annotated Bibliography. An


Annotated Bibliography is a working list of references?books, journal articles, online documents,


websites, etc.?that you will use for an essay, research paper, or project. However, each reference


citation is followed by a short summative and/or evaluative paragraph, which is called an annotation. The


purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources


cited, and to state how this source will be used in or relevant to the paper or project.


Thus, an Annotated Bibliography has two main parts:


1. the citation of your book, article, webpage, video, or document (in APA style)


2. your annotation How to create an Annotated Bibliography


1. Research the required number of scholarly sources from the library for your project.


2. Reference each source in APA format. For help on how to format each source, see our sample


references list.


3. Write two paragraphs under each source:


a. The first paragraph is a short summary of the article in your own words. Don?t just cut


and paste the abstract of the article.


b. The second paragraph is a short discussion of how this source supports your paper


topic. What does this source provide that reinforces the argument or claim you are


making? This support may be statistics, expert testimony, or specific examples that relate


to your focused topic. Sample Annotated Bibliography Entry


Here is a sample entry from an Annotated Bibliography:


Belcher, D. D. (2004). Trends in teaching English for specific purposes. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics,


24(3), 165-186. doi: 10.1017/S026719050400008X.


This article reviews differing English for Specific Purposes (ESP) trends in practice and in theory. Belcher


categorizes the trends into three non-exclusive sects: sociodiscoursal, sociocultural, and sociopolitical.


Sociodiscoursal, she postulates, is difficult to distinguish from genre analysis because many of the major


players (e.g., Ann Johns) tend to research and write in favor of both disciplines. Belcher acknowledges the


preconceived shortcomings of ESP in general, including its emphasis on ?narrowly-defined venues? (p. Created in 2015 2 165), its tendency to ?help learners fit into, rather than contest, existing?structures? (p. 166), and its


supposed ?cookie-cutter? approach. In response to these common apprehensions about ESP, Belcher cites


the New Rhetoric Movement and the Sydney School as two institutions that have influenced progressive


changes and given more depth to ?genre? (p. 167). She concludes these two schools of thought address the


issue of ESP pandering to ?monologic? communities. Corpus linguistics is also a discipline that is


expanding the knowledge base of ESP practitioners in order to improve instruction in content-specific


areas. Ultimately, she agrees with Swales (1996) that most genres that could help ESL learners are


?hidden?or poorly taught? (p. 167) and the field of genre is only beginning to grasp the multitude of


complexities within this potentially valuable approach to the instruction of language?and in turn, writing. This article provides examples as well as expert opinion that I can use in my project. This will provide me


with evidence to support my claims about the current disciplines in ESL studies. Guidelines for Formatting Your Annotated Bibliography Citations should be cited according to APA format.


Annotations should be indented a half an inch (.5?) so that the author's last name is the only text


that is completely flush left. Created in 2015


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