Argumentative Writing Assignment
Due: by 11:59pm on Sunday of Unit 7.
For the first part of the Argumentative Writing Assignment you submitted in Unit 6, you selected one of the topics below and created the outline, the introduction, and the conclusion. In this second part of the Argumentative Writing Assignment, you will need to continue with that topic.
1. Internet Piracy
2. Alternative Energy
3. Airport Security
4. Paying College Athletes
5. Cosmetic Surgery
The argumentative writing assignment requires that you form an argument in favor of a specific position on one of the topics above. In the assignment, you will be using three academic and scholarly sources to support your position. You may use the article that you included in your evaluative essay as one of the three sources for this essay. Please also remember that two articles should be in favor of your position and one article should feature the counterargument.
After careful thought you will be transforming your chosen topic into an arguable thesis. The assignment will show a clear argument that is outlined in your thesis statement. This research paper must present an original thesis clearly stated in the introduction, argued through a series of well-developed paragraphs, and concluded in a relevant, summarizing, and provocative statement. The body of this essay will be three to four pages long and employ APA format. You should also include a title page. Within your essay, use at least three credible, academic sources to support your claim, and all researched information must be accurately cited according to APA format. You will need to include at least three parenthetical, in-text citations and three citations on the References page at the end of the paper.
Follow these guidelines to write your Argumentative Writing Assignment:
Include a minimum of three APA in-text citations
Include an APA reference page with a minimum of three entries
Include an APA title page and a running head
The body of the essay should be 3-4 pages in length
Be objective and avoid using “I,” “me,” “you,” “we,” or “us.”
Be sure to use the Writing Tips page to help with your APA formatting.
Use your sources to support your thesis statement and argument, but make sure to show the reader the other side of your argument to avoid being biased.
Students: Be sure to read the criteria, by which your paper/project will be evaluated, before you write, and again after you write.
|Evaluation Rubric for Argumentative Writing Assignment Emerging
|Introduction||Background details are a random collection of information, unclear, or not related to the topic.||Introduction is attempted and explains the background, but may lack detail.||Introduction explains the background, including an overview of the essay’s main points.||Introduction uses interesting anecdotes, questions, or other information to build interest.
Many to all main points are logically related and developed.
|Thesis Statement||Thesis is unclear and loosely related to the paper or not present.Thesis does not appear in the introductory paragraph.||Thesis is attempted with little relation to the overall topic. Argument is somewhat unclear or confusing. Some supporting points are missing.Thesis may not appear in the introductory paragraph.||Thesis is present and relates to the majority of the paper. Argument takes a mostly clear position and is explained in adequate detail. Thesis appears in the introductory paragraph.||Thesis is organized and focused on the paper. Argument takes a clear position and is explained in full detail.Thesis appears in the introductory paragraph.|
|Conclusion||Conclusion is unclear or only loosely related to the argument. . May not summarize main points.||Conclusion is recognizable and restates the thesis and main points of the argument.||Conclusion is clear and flows from the body of the paper and the thesis statement.
Effectively restates thesis and main points of the argument and may move toward additional implications of the argument.
|Conclusion is effective, clear, and organized. Draws information presented in the body and presents a new perspective on the argument, or potential solutions to the problems being discussed.|
|Organization and Structure||Many details are not in a logical or expected order. The paper does not use paragraphs. Writing is significantly less than 3-4 pages in length.||Writing may have some discernible organization, but some details are not in a logical or expected order. The paper uses paragraphs ineffectively. Writing is less than 3-4 pages in length.||Writing is organized and details are placed in a logical order. Paragraphs are mostly used effectively. Writing is slightly less than 3-4 pages in length.||Writing is effective, purposeful, and well-organized. Paragraphs are used effectively. Writing is 3-4 pages in length.|
|Content, Writing||Fails to develop arguments and/or counterarguments.||Some argument(s) and counterargument(s) are developed, but||Develops most argument(s) and counterarguments.||Fully develops argument(s) and|