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Argumentative Essay

 

 

 

 

 

This writing assignment involves writing your Argumentative essay. Once you draft your essay and

 

 

 

revise, you may submit it for feedback. The feedback will help you revise the draft so you can submit it

 

 

 

as a final. The final version will be graded.

 

 

 

 

 

Option #1: Your Position on Pirated Movies

 

 

 

 

 

Develop a thesis statement on the topic of pirated movies (piracy hurts the economy by…, society can

 

 

 

prevent movie piracy by…, etc.) and write an argumentative essay. Strive for at least three strong

 

 

 

arguments in addition to a counterargument and refutation (see counterargument and refutation

 

 

 

details in the Top Ten Tips section). Using argumentative topic sentences that include your opinion for

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

each section can help ensure the majority of your essay is argumentative. Beginning of a sample topic

 

 

 

sentence: “The first way movie piracy hurts the economy is….” Then be sure to support that claim with

 

 

 

 

 

researched data. Conclude each paragraph with a sentence that summarizes the paragraph’s main

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Thesis Statement:

 

 

 

 

 

Ideally, a thesis would include the major assignment objectives for the essay, which in this case would

 

 

 

be your claim/opinion, reasons why you have that opinion, and the counter-argument: “Movie piracy is

 

 

 

unethical because (add argument 1), (add argument 2), and (add argument 3), even though (add

 

 

 

counterargument focus).”

 

 

 

 

 

Note that a thorough thesis statement will include the counterargument in addition to your own

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

arguments.

 

 

 

See Top Ten Tips section for more thesis statement assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

Use at least three credible sources (the author should be considered an expert on the topic in which he

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or she writes; try Google Scholar to search), such as books, articles, and websites, to support your thesis.

 

 

 

 

 

Include a mix of cited paraphrases, summaries, and quotes in your argumentative research paper. Use

 

 

 

MLA format to create proper parenthetical citations as well as a Works Cited page at the end of your

 

 

 

essay. For additional Works Cited assistance visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and use the left navigation menu to locate the type of reference you need.

 

 

 

 

 

Option #2: Your Position on Electronic Policing

 

 

 

 

 

Develop a thesis statement on the topic of electronic policing and anti-plagiarism software and write an

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

argumentative essay. Your chosen topic needs to be specific and might address a question like the ones

 

 

 

you see in these examples:

 

 

 

 

 

Should student writers be subject to having their work checked by anti-plagiarism software?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why or why not?

 

 

 

 

 

Is anti-plagiarism software an effective deterrent to stealing published work? Why or why not?

 

 

 

You may choose another topic regarding electronic policing as well; just be sure that your main

 

 

 

thesis addresses the topic of electronic policing.

 

 

 

If the assignment does not address one of the given options, it will not be graded.

 

 

 

Strive for at least three strong arguments in addition to a counterargument and refutation (see

 

 

 

counterargument and refutation details in the Tips section). Using argumentative topic sentences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

that include your opinion for each section can help ensure the majority of your essay is

 

 

 

argumentative. For example, “First, students should be subject to having their work checked by antiplagiarism

 

 

 

 

 

software because….” Then be sure to support that claim with researched data. Conclude

 

 

 

each paragraph with a sentence that summarizes the paragraph’s main ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Thesis Statement:

 

 

 

 

 

Ideally, a thesis would include the major assignment objectives for the essay, which in this case would

 

 

 

be your claim/opinion, reasons why you have that opinion, and the counter-argument: “Students’ work

 

 

 

should be checked by anti-plagiarism software because (add argument 1), (add argument 2), and (add

 

 

 

argument 3), even though (add counterargument focus).” See Tips section for more thesis statement

 

 

 

assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

Use at least three credible sources (the author should be considered an expert on the topic in which he

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or she writes; try Google Scholar to search), such as books, articles, and websites, to support your thesis.

 

 

 

 

 

Include a mix of cited paraphrases, summaries, and quotes in your argumentative research paper. Use

 

 

 

the MLA format to create proper parenthetical citations as well as a Works Cited page at the end of your

 

 

 

essay. For additional Works Cited assistance visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and use the left navigation menu to locate the type of reference you need.

 

 

 

 

 

More Tips

 

 

 

 

 

Visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/01/ for more argumentative thesis statement

 

 

 

assistance and to learn if your thesis is both arguable and narrowed.

 

 

 

A counter-argument section for this paper should explain what the opposition believes, and it is the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

opposite of the opinion you are arguing in your paper. For example, if you are arguing that antiplagiarism

 

 

 

 

 

software should not be used in college classes, then the counterargument would be that antiplagiarism

 

 

 

software should be used. Then in your refutation, try to prove the counterargument false,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

insignificant, or unimportant with researched information that is new to the essay (avoid recycling facts

 

 

 

from a previous argument in the essay).

 

 

 

The guidelines for this assignment are as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Length: This assignment should be at least 750 words

 

 

 

Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

information:

 

 

 

 

 

Your first and last name

 

 

 

Course Title (Composition I)

 

 

 

Assignment name (Argumentative Essay)

 

 

 

Current Date

 

 

 

Format:

 

 

 

Three sources, documented using MLA style

 

 

 

Double-spaced throughout

 

 

 

Title, centered after the heading

 

 

 

Standard 12-point font

 

 

 

1” margins on all sides

 

 

 

Save the file using one of the following extensions: .docx, .doc, .rtf, or .txt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underline your thesis statement in the introductory

 

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