Based on the definition of the word “trend” provided in class, students will identify a current trend in U.S. culture and research the for the trend (TRENDANALYSIS). The trend should

Based on the definition of the word “trend” provided in class, students will identify a current trend in U.S. culture and research the for the trend (TRENDANALYSIS). The trend should be of short to medium length ( ).  Students should use MLA format. The paper should be no less than in length, not including works cited, and no more than four pages in length. . The paper should state : “Methods and Approaches to Future Studies.” The paper must follow MLA format, , and include correct in-text citations or indentifying tags for all five sources. Note: Trends are everywhere. From percentages of the population who vote, to percentages of the increase in the price of cotton, trends are a mathematical representation of . Students need only choose their favorite pastime or hobby to find a trend. Ask yourself questions such as: Are you new to the pastime? How long have you known about it? How long do you foresee the pastime remaining popular? How much money does the pastime generate as an industry? Sales figures are a great way to talk about the strength and length of a trend. They allow you to examine the increase or decrease of a particular phenomenon—namely the amount of money generated by a trend. Do you play videogames? are the sales results for the last three years, and what are the projections for the next five? Any subject which interests you can be analyzed in terms of trends. The best way to lay out the paper might be the following: 1. Introduction/Thesis Statement. This paragraph should identify what the trend is, and why it matters, then make a predictive claim (thesis claim) about how long the trend will continue, and why the claim about trend length is true. An example is: “Accelerating growth in the trend of live goldfish swallowing will continue until 2027, when PETA will get the government to outlaw it, goldfish prices will rise too high, and people begin will swallowing swords instead.” 2. Brief history and explanation of the causes of the trend (one paragraph). 3. 3-4 paragraphs explaining the reasons why the trend will end when you say it will (reasoning). This is where the future forecasting techniques can be used. Be sure to include evidence supporting your reasoning. 4. At least 2 counterarguments (a discussion of those who think the trend will not end when you think it will, and why they might be wrong) 5. Conclusion Grading Rubric for Trend Analysis/Future Forecasting Essay MLA Format (25): Proper heading, Name/Page in Header: Correct Usage of italics for long work/quotation marks for short Spacing, Margins Correct, Paragraphs Indented Correctly Correct Usage of Quotations/Quotation Marks Correct in-text citation of paraphrase/summary: Paper is Times New Roman 12 pt. type: Works Cited Page Correct Format: Thesis (30): Strong, Specific Claim about length of trend in P1: Provide Proof Synopsis after Thesis Statement (Reasons trend will end) Paper follows thesis/presents reasoning to support thesis Paper includes and rebuts Counterarguments Conclusion restates thesis: Grammar/Standard American English Used (15): Sentences Use Correct Syntax, Avoid Frags, Run-ons/Comma Splices: Paper Avoids Use of Passive Voice: Sentences Bleed Logically from one to another Paper Avoids WASTE OF WORDS: Verb Tense Consistency, Plural/Singular Agreement: Paper Avoids Semicolons, uses correct punctuation No sentences begin with “It” Paper Avoids Use of adverbs wherever possible (especially very): Paper Avoids Informal Language (a lot, a bunch, I, us, etc.): Paper Follows Prompt (30): Paper Includes TA and a second technique from article: Paper Discusses story of Trend, reasons for trend: Paper Integrates Five Sources: Paper is exact length:

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