Essay 4: Argument/Research Paper

Essay 4: Argument/Research Paper Due date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 Peer Review rough drafts due by: midnight, Saturday, April 21, 2018 Peer Review Completed by: midnight, Saturday, April 28, 2018 Length: 5-7 pages Works Cited Page: No this may NOT count as your 5th page.
Find an argument that rouses your interest. It might be a current issue, a long standing one, or a matter of personal concern. In the past, students have written about vegetarianism, euthanasia, the effect of dwindling numbers of sharks on coral reef health (his argument was we need to protect sharks and not kill them out of fear), and music makes plants grow faster and healthy and strong (no joke; that was really a student essay). Students have written about educational matters to arguments about increasing the minimum wage. You may write about whatever interests you and I encourage you to explore your interests. Think of a career you are interested in and see what controversies/issues surround it. Pay attention to the news and current events. Talk to friends and family to get ideas for essays.
There is 1 limit to essay topics. You may not write about legalizing marijuana, abortion, gun control, religion, or homosexuality. These are topics that will earn you an automatic F.
Your assignment is to take a stand on an issue and support your stance with sources. Your goal is to persuade your audience to agree with you. Thus, you will need to locate a cluster of readings about a topic that interests you. Support your position – your working thesis – using quotations, paraphrases, summaries, and syntheses of the information in the readings as evidence. Present your information from your sources clearly, and credit your sources properly.
Assume your readers are people who may or may not be familiar with the topic, so you might need to provide some relevant background information or an overview to help them understand the situation.
Use the Quotation Sandwich method to properly integrate sources into your paragraphs. Don’t rely on your sources to do your arguing for you. Do present a clear thesis, reasons, and evidence to back up your stance.
You will need to have: • At least 5 sources; all of which must come from reliable, creditable sources. Your sources should not be more than 10 years old. You should use a diversity of sources (and not just 5 CNN articles to support your stance – diversify). • A Works Cited page • Appropriate parenthetical citations • Paragraphs with clear concluding sentences and clear topic sentences. • A clear thesis that makes your stance on an issue clear. • Integrate source information (quotes, paraphrases, summaries) so that it supports the argument you are trying to make. Don’t allow your sources to argue for you. • Proper MLA format • Avoid grammar/mechanics/spelling errors
• A refutation of the opposing argument

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