Unit VII Formal Writing Assignment
Using cause-and-effect example essays that you read as examples, write a 500-word cause-and-effect essay. You may choose to write about a subject of your choice. You may consider the following topics:
A change in the way you deal with other people
A major moment that changed the course of your life forever
A change in the way you understood your country or your citizenship (a war, a policy, a political scandal, a political figure)
Your essay will be graded on its ability to adhere to the cause-and-effect essay conventions. Does your essay follow one of the formats on pages 149-151 of Strategies for Writing Successful Research Papers?
You will be graded using the following categories: content, organization, grammar and style conventions, resources, references, and APA formatting. Your essay will also be graded on its development. See the flow chart on page 77 in Strategies for Writing Successful Research Papers for guidance. Be sure that you revise, proofread, and format your essay according to APA standards. See The CSU Citation Guide. If you use outside sources, you need to use quotation marks for lifted language, as well as in-text and reference list citations. The APA organization/formatting should adhere to specifications for research papers, including the following:
A title page that includes the title of the paper, the name of the student, and the name of the institution (Columbia Southern University);
A proper running head according to APA 6th edition guidelines found in The CSU Citation Guide on pp. 13-14;
One (1) academically valid source (see p. 18 of The CSU Citation Guide for assistance with finding sources through the CSU Online Library)
A reference page with a centered header of “References” properly reflecting all sources used within the text (see The CSU Citation Guide, p. 16 for overall formatting guidelines and pp. 7-12 for formatting guidelines for specific source types).
The most reliable sources for appropriate information on the Internet will come from .gov, .edu, and .org sites or sites specifically devoted to scholarly writing, such as websites of scientific journals. Unacceptable sources are blogs, unreferenced articles, or general information from .com sites. General encyclopedias are prohibited sources and include, but are not limited to, Wikipedia, Encarta, Britannica, and World Book. Please utilize the CSU Online Library for credible and reliable electronic sources. If your essay is less than 500 words, you will not receive full credit, and depending on the word count, your grade may be severely impacted.
CSU requires that students use the APA style for papers and projects. Therefore, the APA rules for formatting, quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed. Students can find CSU’s Citation Guide in the myCSU Student Portal by clicking on the “Citation Resources” link in the “Learning Resources” area of the myCSU Student Portal. This document includes examples and sample papers and provides information on how to contact the CSU Success Center.