the following topic asks you to write an essay of argument that develops a main claim or position you take on a controversial issue in society. Whichever topic you choose, try to focus on a specific claim you have on the topic. For example, you may believe that ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œCollege students should reside in dormitories, Teenagers should be prosecuted equally as adults for teen dating violence, etc.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Most importantly, provide enough specific reasons and details, which explain your assumptions and enable your reader to see the link between your reasons and your point. Only then would the reader be able to agree with you that your argument is convincing. Make sure you know your purpose and your audience. Also, find an appropriate thesis as you prepare to write. Ask yourself the following questions: What is the point I want my readers to know I have on the topic? Which are the main and subordinate reasons I have to prove the point I am making on the topic? Are my reasons, details, information, and reasoning credible and accurate to persuade the readers that I am right and they are wrong?
You have chosen a social, legal, environmental, educational, scientific, medical, economic or political issue to explore and have formulated a position or claim. You have read articles and conducted research to gain an understanding of what others have said or written about your issue. You have compiled a listing of pertinent sources and have written an abbreviated Works Cited page. You have developed an outline that provides the organizational structure for your paper. Finally, you have determined who your audience is for the research paper. Review Chapters 11 and 12 of Perspectives on Argument for guidance on the research process and correct documentation.
Should the death penalty be mandatory for people that kill other people