the American Family today.

  1. Choose a subject that appeals to you in one of the chapters to research in

relation to the American Family today. Clear it with me before you begin if

it is not on this list.

Selecting a Partner

Hooking Up

Living Apart Together (LAT)


Divorce- The impact or effects of divorce on Children




Single Parenting

Domestic Violence

Alternate Family Forms

Older People and their Families

Globalization and Families

Family history in relation to a particular ethnic group

Effects of Covid 19 on Families and inequality of classes (include

poverty, food insecurity, job loss etc.)

  1. You are to have a minimum eight (8) references. Three of the eight

references must represent one each of the following *:

A newspaper article

An Internet article

A chapter from a book

An article from a journal

An article from the popular press

*From eight reference sources you must choose at least three types

For example, you could have three newspaper articles, two Internet

articles and three articles from a journal = eight references from 3 sources.

These references should be current within the last 5 years. I will

accept 1 classic reference (like those older ones listed in your text.)

Classic means that it is groundbreaking and often cited in literature even

years later

  1. The paper must be a minimum of eight (8) pages, doubled spaced and

word processed or typed and attached in the assignment area. These

eight pages do not include the reference page!Remember when

attaching, it should be a document that I can open such as .doc,

.docx, .rtf, .pdf , .odt or .txt. I cannot open Works or Word Perfect

or .pages, so I cannot grade them. There should only be ONE document

thatincludes the 8 pages of research conclusions and 1 page of

references. Do not use 2 separate documents or you will be graded


  1. The paper is to have the due date and the subject of your research and a

reference page at the end with correct references (using APA style). Use

the reference format as seen in References in the back of the textbook.

This paper should be grammatically correct so be sure to use Spell check

and check your grammar. If the paper has more than 4 grammatical

errors on the first page, I won’t grade it. If you have any doubts, please

go to the writing lab for help. If English isn’t your first language then you

may need help from the ESL department or tutoring for further help.

  1. You may choose the way in which you approach your research. For

example, if the subject is divorce, you may research the effects of divorce

on children, or how divorce affects the economy of the family, or how it

affects those who are actually divorcing. If you have any questions on

your approach to your research, do not hesitate to talk to me during office

hours or message me via the conversation area or Pronto.

  1. You are to include a paragraph or two as to why you choose the

subject and if and how it has personal meaning to you.This helps me to

understand your perspective. Please be careful not to make the paper

based solely upon your beliefs without using the text and references you

choose as the basis and not your opinion as an essay on the subject.


  1. At the very end of the paper, you will write a paragraph of how the subject

matter of your paper has effected or might affect how the American family

has changed/is changing. For example, if your subject is domestic

violence, you might discuss how laws and safe houses that are available

have helped protect women more today than in the past. This paragraph

should be a combination of your research and what you have observed.

  1. Please keep in mind that you are not to plagiarize in any form. Yours

should be an original work. If you are going to use information from

another source, please reference it and put it into quotes.As long as

you cite of the source and use quotes, you are not plagiarizing. Copying

from another person in class is also considering plagiarism. If

plagiarism is found you will get a “0” for your paper. For clarification on

what plagiarism is and how to avoid it go to and

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