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Essay Prompt #3
Claim of Policy
We have examined how claims of policy argue that certain conditions should or should not exist; and, we have also explored the Toulmin model. For your third formal essay, choose an approved topic, and write a thesis driven essay that argues a specific policy should be instituted as a solution or resolution to a problem.
Frame your argument around an existing or proposed policy. In other words, consider the thesis: (Policy maker here) should, or should not take the position that (your position here). You must include at least five credible sources. At least one of your sources needs to examine an opposing viewpoint on your topic. Moreover, make sure that all of your sources are credible, preferably academic and from one of library’s databases. Remember, policy claims call for analysis of both fact and value. Your thesis should include expressions such as: should, must, ought to, should not, must not, or ought not. Use the Toulmin model to examine your sources and help you compose your argument, and consider what appeals might help you persuade an audience.
Length and Format
Rough Draft should be no shorter than four pages
Revised Draft should be no shorter than five pages
MLA format (double-spaced, 12-pt Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins) Use MLA to cite your sources, make sure to include a correct Works Cited
Questions to Consider
What condition has existed, exists, or will exist?
Are the opposing viewpoints based on facts or data that the audience will accept as being objectively verifiable?
What specific evidence supports the verification of the condition’s existence?
What reasons can you provide to support your position?
What evidence can you provide to support your position?
What assumptions or myths, inferences, beliefs, or principles surround your argument?
What appeals are used, and should or should not be used to support both your argument and the opposition’s argument?
What is the opposition’s argument?
Can you refute the opposition’s claim with expert opinion, factual evidence, or a moral/ethical plea?
Criteria on which your essay will be evaluated
The position/policy is clear and arguable
The case is fully developed with reasons and evidence (supported by credible research) Opposing positions are clearly defined in terms of claims and real interests
The essay identifies and examines specific areas of agreement and disagreement
Supporting evidence is relevant and accurate
The essay employs, and/or discusses an ethical/moral appeal relevant to the policy under discussion
The essay includes at least five well-integrated and credible sources
Reasoned thinking is convincing and consistent with evidence presented
There are consistent and respectful representations of opposing perspectives
Sentence form varies and essay demonstrates an effective persuasive tone and word choice
The essay demonstrates correct use of MLA standards and errors do not distract or impede clarity or understanding of the essay.