This assignment will require you to select an argumentative topic that generates disagreement. You will need to advance an argument about the topic. You will be expected to integrate ideas and evidence from sources into your paper to help advance your main idea. You will decide where you stand on the issue.
Using both your personal ideas and the evidence from essays, construct an effective argument that seeks to persuade your audience that your position is the correct position. Introduction Briefly introduce the issue. If you know a little about the history of the issue, that information can be included here as well. Introduce why this issue is significant to society. End the introduction with a thesis statement that states your position on the topic.
Remember that the introduction should be proportional to the analysis of the paper (i.e. a longer introduction will result in a longer paper; most of the paper should consist of your argument/analysis of the issue). Moreover, you need a clear and concise thesis statement that stakes out your position on the debate. Body Make sure that your paper is organized with clear critical topic sentences that include sub claims and transitions. Each claim should be discussed using evidence, in its own body section.
Your evidence should be clear, logical, and suitable for your audience. Analyze your evidence; tell why it is significant. (Do not just leave it hanging.) Remember that an effective paper will confront the claims that are contrary to the paper’s main argument within the context of the body sections. A paper that does not address counter claims lacks effectiveness. Your argument should be at the forefront of this paper. That means that all topic sentences should contain your sub claims; they should not be reactive or defensive.
Conclusion Recap your argument and touch on the broader implications of the debate. What are the possible consequences if your arguments are ignored? Where do you see this debate going? Is this particular debate indicative of something else in our culture, etc? You do not have to answer all of these questions. However, you do want to draw your paper to a close while raising your audience’s awareness of the importance of the issue.Make sure that your writing is formal and objective.