ARGUMENTATIVE RESEARCH PAPER
1,500-2,000 words (excluding references)
Write an essay taking the “for” or “against” side of any current issue. Assume that the reader has feelings opposite to yours and attempt to persuade the reader to adopt your point of view. You will do this by making a strong THESISstatement at the beginning and supporting that idea with at least 4 REASONS:
Reason #1with evidence
Reason #2 with evidence
Reason #3 with evidence
Reason #4 with evidence
Choose a topic which is of interest to you. Narrow your topic down as much as you can—your paper will be more persuasive that way. Present a PRESCRIPTIVE thesis (what should/shouldn’t be), not a descriptive one (what is/isn’t).
Use at least three of the following rhetorical modes for the supporting evidence that will develop your reasons:
narrative comparison/contrast description
causal analysis definition
Use at least eight referencesor quotations from at least five outside sourcesto illustrate and defend your thesis. These must be chosen from at least three of the followingcategories.
Periodical (magazine or journal) Television program
Daily newspaper Government publication
Book (limit 2) Live lecture
Other Internet source Pamphlet
Personal interview (limit 1) DVD
=an expert, not an average citizen=
Support your opinion with inarguable FACTS. Give supporting evidence that is free of logical fallacies, assumptions, and biases. Naturally, your own commentary must be free of these weaknesses and above all rational and non-emotional.
Cite your sources using the APA style of documentation as shown in Rules for Writers (pgs. 158-191). Give parenthetical references within your text and include a “Reference” list at the end of the paper with full publication data on each source.
THESIS. Present a single statement (one sentence of reasonable length) that is the controlling idea of your essay. Unless you and I agree otherwise, this statement will appear word for word in the introduction of your essay.
OUTLINE. Present your approved thesis followed by 2 to 6 primary reasons that will support it. Each reason should consist of one complete sentence. No research materials should be included in the outline.
Please follow paper guidelines.