The research essay, especially for Composition II, is a sustained academic argument that includes a variety of credible, often scholarly sources. Rhetorical appeals, analysis of examples and evidence, alternate perspectives, and even personal anecdotes all work together to develop a persuasive text with well-supported thesis or claim. Click here for more on this mode of writing from The Norton Field Guide.
The following submission is a multi-genre resource collection arguing for the importance of the arts in public school education; this particular collection includes a traditional Research Essay and works cited page, along with an annotated bibliography, creative writing, original artwork, and reflective cover letters. Each entry is persuasive in mode.
The following Research Essay also has a corresponding website that some students created for their final Composition II Open Assignment.