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The goal of this assignment is for each student to demonstrate their ability to construct a persuasive argument based on their own logical reasoning and supporting their points with scholarly research. Students will be able to use the writing techniques that they evaluated in the rhetorical analysis unit in order to make their argument and refutation (counter-argument) both detailed and successful. The reading, resources, and assignments throughout unit four will assist you in developing this argumentative essay.
In this assignment, each student will construct an argumentative essay with support from at least 3 scholarly sources (from the TSTC library databases). The final research essay should have at least 6 well-written paragraphs (introduction, 3+ body paragraphs, 1+ refutation, and conclusion) and will require each student to revise according to self review assignment in order to submit an argument essay of at least 1,250 words (approximately 4 pages) that closely argues for or against a debatable topic.
Remember, in academic essays, do not use contractions or or the personal pronouns: you, your, our, we, us.Also, since this is not a personal narrative essay, 3rd person-pronouns should generally be used.
Each essay needs an introduction to the topic and the various sides or positions as well as a clear thesis statement (5+ sentences); body paragraphs that provide argumentative support for the essay’s thesis (what the essay claims or argues about the topic); a refutation paragraph that proves the opposing argument to be invalid, incorrect, or false; and a conclusion of 5+ well-written sentences. Body and refutation paragraphs will need to be 8-12 sentences to meet length requirements.
Each essay is required to correctly utilize MLA citation guidelines with direct quotes or paraphrases from at least 3 scholarly sources in the body paragraphs or refutation only (at least 1 quote or paraphrase per paragraph).Paraphrases and quotations should fit within the frame and context of the paragraph and have proper MLA in-text citations; quotes should also be introduced with a lead-in phrase. Scholarly support (quotations or paraphrases) should not appear in the introduction or conclusion paragraphs.
Each essay must adhere to MLA formatting and have a unique, creative title. The full citations for all sources used in the essay should be on an MLA “Work Cited” page that is properly formatted.