Thesis Statement: Research shows that recess is beneficial in children’s educational journey because cognitive functions are improved, social-emotional skills are more developed, and it helps combat obesity.

Task 2: Argumentative Research Paper

Writing a research paper gives you an opportunity to explore a topic of special interest, research that topic, and organize your research findings in writing for an academic audience.

Through your preparation work, you have established an argumentative thesis statement and have planned a clear organization of your main points. Your research is complete, and the details are integrated into your writing plan. You have pulled it all together in a draft and have revised the paper’s organization, ideas, and words.

In this task, you will write the final draft of your argumentative research paper. You may use the sources and thesis from Task 1, but it is not required. Aim for a polished, error-free submission. The writing tone for your research paper should be formal and appropriate for academic writing. The information in the paper should be based on credible source material. If needed, the “Topic Ideas” web link below can be used for selecting your paper topic.

The paper must follow APA documentation guidelines and must include an APA-formatted reference list, not your annotated bibliography from Task 1. Any sources that you cite in the paper must be included in the reference list, and any source in the reference list must also be cited within your paper. Please see “Appendix B: APA Format” from the learning resource, found in the web links section below, for additional directions on creating an APA-formatted reference list.

Note: An abstract is not required for this task, but including a title page is recommended.

RESEARCH PAPER

NOT EVIDENT
The submission is not in essay format and does not present an original argumentative research paper.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE
The submission is not in essay format or does not present an original argumentative research paper.

COMPETENT
The submission is in essay format and presents an original argumentative research paper.

A1:INTRODUCTION

NOT EVIDENT
The paper’s introduction is not provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE
The paper’s introduction does not effectively provide context for the proceeding paper content.

COMPETENT
The paper’s introduction effectively provides context for the proceeding paper content.

A2:THESIS STATEMENT

NOT EVIDENT
The paper’s thesis statement is not provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE
The paper’s thesis statement does not preview the paper’s 2 to 4 main points, or the thesis statement does not present an appropriate argumentative subject for the paper.

COMPETENT
The paper’s thesis statement previews the paper’s 2 to 4 main points and presents an appropriate argumentative subject for the paper.

A3:MAIN POINTS

NOT EVIDENT
The paper’s main points are not provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE
The paper’s main points are not effectively developed, or the main points are not each logically supported by more than one source.

COMPETENT
The paper’s main points are effectively developed, and each of the main points is logically supported by more than one source.

A4:CONCLUSION

NOT EVIDENT
The paper’s conclusion is not provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE
The paper’s conclusion does not effectively summarize the paper’s content, or the paper’s conclusion does not effectively end the paper.

COMPETENT
The paper’s conclusion effectively summarizes and ends the paper’s content.

B:INCORPORATION OF SOURCES

NOT EVIDENT
The paper does not include 7 sources.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE
The paper’s 7 sources include one or more sources that are not academically credible, or the paper’s 7 sources include one or more sources that are not logically incorporated into the paper.

COMPETENT
The paper logically incorporates 7 academically credible sources.

C:APA SOURCES

NOT EVIDENT
The submission does not include in-text citations and references according to APA style for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE
The submission includes in-text citations and references for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized but does not demonstrate a consistent application of APA style.

COMPETENT
The submission includes in-text citations and references for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized and demonstrates a consistent application of APA style.

D:PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

NOT EVIDENT
Content is unstructured, is disjointed, or contains pervasive errors in mechanics, usage, or grammar. Vocabulary or tone is unprofessional or distracts from the topic.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE
Content is poorly organized, is difficult to follow, or contains errors in mechanics, usage, or grammar that cause confusion. Terminology is misused or ineffective.

COMPETENT
Content reflects attention to detail, is organized, and focuses on the main ideas as prescribed in the task or chosen by the candidate. Terminology is pertinent, is used correctly, and effectively conveys the intended meaning. Mechanics, usage, and grammar promote accurate interpretation and understanding.