In this assignment, you need to compose a researched argumentative essay of 8-9 pages, using eight to nine sources to support your argument. These sources may be magazines, newspapers, academic articles, websites, books, podcasts, personal interviews, etc.–just make sure you sources are reputable and authoritative. You will use these sources to back up your main argument, or thesis. One of your sources should be a “naysayer” and disagree with your argument. Use this both as a way to address the other side of the issue and as a way to make your argument stronger.
Choose an issue or topic about which you can make a supported argument.
- You may want to consider current event issues, your future field of study, or revisit some of the issues we’ve discussed in class, but please avoid the typical “hot button” topics.
- Narrow your topic enough that you can cover it thoroughly in your essay, but still find enough research to support your claims.
- Create a clear, solid, argumentative thesis statement that you can support with explanations, examples, and quotes from outside sources.
- Your paper must be 8-9 pages. Essays not meeting the minimum page requirement will not receive full credit.
- You must have at least eight sources, including one “naysayer” or opposing viewpoint.
- Sources must be cited parenthetically in the text and referenced in a “Works Cited” page at the end of the essay (MLA format).
- The essay should be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, double spaced, with standard margins.
*I have attached a bibliography of 5 source, you can use them and add 3 sources/