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ENGL 102 - English Composition II - Reinking

Your Assignment

Write a five- to six-page research paper on one of the topics listed below.  Include at least five sources in the paper.  Cite these sources according to MLA format for both in-text citations and the works cited page.  Choose the best sources for your argument, not simply the first five you find.  Ideally, your paper will include a combination of paraphrase, summary, and citation and contain research from a variety of sources—books, videos/film, electronic database articles, and the Internet at large. 


Research Paper Topics Fall 2021 English 102 CRN 20986 R94

Should the Legal Alcohol Limit for Driving be lowered to .05?  (BAC)

Should some form of a proposed soda size limit or another form of a sugar tax be passed nationally?  (Look at the recent Philadelphia soda tax.)   (Soda Tax)

Pennsylvania’s current driving-while-texting law:  Is it too much, not enough, effective, or ineffective?  Does it need to be changed?  (TWD)

 Now that many of the country’s students are engaged in Remote Learning because of Covid 19, what steps be put in place to prepare for a future abrupt shift in education delivery?   (Remote Learning)

In light of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and others like it, legislators are calling for—and passing—legislation that allows teachers to carry firearms in schools.  Some school districts already allow teachers to carry.  The president has endorsed this policy. Should teachers carry guns?  (Arming Teachers)

In December of 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf posted on Twitter that it was “time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at recreational marijuana.”  Should Pennsylvania legalize recreational marijuana? (Marijuana) 

President Obama recently criticized the NCAA amateurism policy.  The Louisville recruitment scandal reveals another crack in what many have called a corrupt system that exploits the labor of eighteen year olds.  Should the amateur status of college athletes be reexamined?  Should college athletes be paid?  What would a pay-for-play system look like? (Pay to Play)

How has Covid 19 brought discrimination, racism, and social and class divides to the surface in America and what should be done about them?  (Covid Discrimination)

“Defund the Police” is a controversial expression seen on protest signs during the Summer of 2020’s protests in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  What does the slogan actually mean?  And if it were to be adopted, what would a plan specifically look like?  (Defund Police)

Should federal reforms be adopted, like the Child Care for Working Families Act, in order for most Americans to be able to have and raise children? (Working Families)