1. Your task is to write a 4-5 page argumentative essay that focuses on a debatable issue.
* Inclusion of the following elements within the paper:
a. An introduction paragraph that engages the reader (hook), provides context (background information), and presents an arguable thesis with a solid claim and sound arguments. (ACT à Attention Grabber, Context, and Thesis)
b. Background in the introduction paragraph that provides information to the readers in order to understand the issue. Background can include a definition of key terms, explanation of key people associated with the issue, or perhaps necessary historical background. Those are just examples.
c. Body paragraphs dedicated to the explanation of each argument that was presented in the thesis. Arrangement of your arguments must follow the order established in thesis, and the order must be arranged with intent – stronger arguments need to outshine weaker ones. Depending on the length and degree of the argument, it is possible that one argument could require two body paragraphs. Body paragraphs will always begin with solid topic sentences and then move onto provide evidence from sources in the form of direct quotes, summary, or paraphrase. Inclusion of source material always requires an in-text citation as credit has to be given to the person responsible for the original idea. Analysis always follows the evidence as it is your task to explain how the evidence supports the point being made. The closing sentence in the body paragraph summarizes the discussion. Follow the MEAL plan to build solid body paragraphs. Please note you are capped at two lines of quoted material per page. Two lines, not two sentences.
d. One body paragraph that presents each counterargument to your paper’s primary argument.
e. A conclusion paragraph that briefly restates (not repeats) the thesis and reviews the paper’s key points, and more importantly offers either a call to action on the part of the reader or a prediction of what could happen if the issue is not addressed or both.
2. You must include a separate works cited page formatted to MLA 8th edition standards. A minimum of four sources are required. All sources must come from the FTCC online library or any other library you have access to (look for journal articles), .edu, and .gov websites – no exceptions. Do not use .org or .com websites! Papers that do not include both in-text citations and a Works Cited page will earn a zero – no exceptions.
3. The paper must be written in 3rd person. The paper is not about you or the reader, so remove yourself and the reader from the text.
Keep in mind not all topics are appropriate for this paper. Here are some examples: legalization of marijuana (a moot point in 2019), abortion (a settled legal matter in 2018), gun control/ 2nd Amendment (emotionally charged and little or no new argument to be made), capital punishment (no new argument to be made), same-sex marriage (a moot point in 2019). For your topic, think about social issues that impact us locally, ones connected to your community.
Type of service: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Writing from scratch
Pages / words: 4 / 1100
Number of sources: 2
Academic level: Undergraduate
Paper format: MLA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English
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