Essay 4: Researched Argument
In an essay of approximately 1250 words, inform the reader about your topic chosen from the selection below, while also taking a clear and convincing stance on it and including support from sources. You must include a minimum of three sources and use four citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago-style/Turabian format. Thus, two citations can come from one source, or you can simply have more than three sources. In addition, if you use three sources, only one can be a website. The others must be obtained through the library, such as a journal, newspaper, or other publication either in electronic or hard-copy form. If you have more than three sources, you can use more than the one website, though I encourage you to seek reliable resources. As an idea for working in a journal
– Audience: Someone unfamiliar with the subject.
– Invention/Drafting/Research strategies: Library, online, and media sources.
– Length: 1250 words minimum
– Criteria for evaluation/Grading rubric:
Content: Do you provide enough context and basic background on your topic? Is your evidence and argument convincing? Do you also address and refute the opposing viewpoint at some point?
Grammar: As noted in the Writing Program Grading sheet. Must have proper citation and be free of major errors. Must include a minimum of four in-text citations from three or more sources, the majority obtained from a library.
If you have any questions on how to narrow down your focus or make an argument based on your topic choice, let me know.
1) Create an arguable topic related to any country other than the US and Canada that you have traveled to or are especially interested in.