Essay

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 8, 9
  • Lesson
  • Completed Week 5 Source Evaluation Worksheet
  • Minimum of 5 sources (from Week 5)

Instructions
This week, you will complete your argumentative essay. Following the direction offered by Jackson and Newberry (2016) in Chapter 12, write an argumentative essay on the issue you chose in Week 2. Be sure your essay contains the following:

  • An introduction containing a thesis that states the issue, your position on the issue, what the paper will cover, and in what order
  • At least 2 paragraphs that each contain a well-supported (and documented) claim or sub-argument that will provide strong support for your fallacy-free argument
  • At least 1 paragraph discussing a documented, reasonable counterclaim to your position that needs to be a legitimate claim that someone has actually made as a counter-position on your issue
  • At least 1 paragraph offering a reasonable, documented response to that counterclaim
  • A conclusion that summarizes the argument and conclusion

Note: As you do your research, it is permissible to change your sources. Also, because of the recency and relevance of these issues, no sources older than 5 years should be used other than as historical information. Critical thinkers do the research first and then side with the preponderance of evidence. You might want to follow that principle.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 750-1000 words – approx. 3-4 pages (not including title page or references page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page (5 sources)

Grading
This activity will be graded using the Argumentative Essay Grading Rubric.

Course Outcomes (CO): 2, 3, 5, 6, 7

 
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