Introduction, Thesis Statement, and Annotated Bibliography

 Introductory paragraph to topic (refer to the Final Paper guidelines for your topic selection).

  • Write an introductory paragraph  that 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 5 Final Paper. (A thesis statement should be a concise, declarative statement. 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.
    • Summarize in your own words how the source contributes to the solution of the global societal issue for each annotation.
    • Address fully the purpose, content, evidence, and relation to other sources you found on this topic (your annotation should be one to two paragraphs long.
    • Include no less than five scholarly sources in the annotated bibliography that will be used to support the major points of the Final Paper.
    • Demonstrate critical thinking skills by accurately interpreting evidence used to support various positions of the topic.Identify the global societal issue you have chosen to research for your Final Paper, an argumentative essay, and explain why further research on this topic is important.

      In my final research paper, I will talk about the topic of income inequality and poverty. This topic is trending and has become a part of the public discourse as it has been in the past. To make an effective argumentative essay, I will cover both the positive and negative effects of poverty and income inequality. I will also talk about how hard it takes to get out of poverty. Due to the impact of poverty and income inequality on families, further research is needed to understand how these issues have affected the country.

      Provide a clear and concise thesis statement that includes a solution to the global societal issue

      Although it seems that the number of people living in poverty has drastically decreased in the US, I want to take a closer look at how it is. In my final paper, I will also talk about how much people are still struggling to keep their heads above water and how much a college education is helping them get out of poverty.

      Explain how this global societal issue impacts a specific population.

      The specific population impacted by this societal issue would be the middle working class and lower class. The middle working class is, in my opinion, probably the most challenging class to be in. You work hard to provide for yourself and your family but do not make enough to get ahead and make too much to qualify for government assistance to take some of the weight off.

      Locate a peer-reviewed scholarly source and provide statistical data that you found surprising on the topic.

      Three co‐occurring trends in the United States arguably create a perfect storm of adversity for low‐income children: More children are living below or close to the poverty line; physical spaces, neighborhoods, and schools are increasingly segregated by income and race; and economic, educational, and social opportunities for low‐income children are diverging from those for higher income children as income inequality increases. As a result, more low‐income children live in poverty, in neighborhoods characterized by concentrated disadvantage, and in the shadow of increasing wealth that fails to reach their communities, schools, or experiences.” (Odgers & Adler, 2018)



      Odgers, C. L., & Adler, N. E. (2018). Challenges for Low‐Income Children in an Era of Increasing Income Inequality. Child Development Perspectives, 12(2), 128–133.

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