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Argumentative Essay (Phase 4)

Download the unit 8 essay template to help you with the correct layout of your paper.

NOTE: You may submit either the fully completed template or use it as a guide, and submit only what you have included in the template.

In this assignment, you will write a counter-argument paragraph and a conclusion paragraph that summarizes your Unit 6 Submission argument. You will add these to your existing essay for Week 10. You will also write an updated References page.

Only submit the counter-paragraph, the concluding paragraph, and the updated References page this week.

This assignment will add the two remaining parts of the argumentative essay that you have been developing over the previous units. Make sure it is in APA format (i.e., double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font, and APA-style in-text citations and References page).

  1. Write the counter-argument paragraph. Paraphrase or quote evidence from sources with in-text citations to support your counter-argument. A counter-argument paragraph is important because it presents a possible argument against your thesis. There are two reasons why this important: (1) It gives you a chance to respond to a possible objection by your readers before they finish reading your essay, and (2) It shows that you considered both sides of the argument. Both of these reasons make your essay stronger. For example, if your thesis statement indicates that students do not need to learn about racism because they are familiar with it, then a counter-argument paragraph might contain information about what causes racism because being familiar with racism is not the same as what causes it.
  2. Write the conclusion (restate your claim, and summarize the evidence).
  3. Update your References page to ensure that you have listed all of the sources that you cited in your paper so far (you must have a minimum of 3), using proper APA format (for in-text citations and the corresponding References page).
  4. Submit these 2 new paragraphs and the updated References page for this assignment (you will assemble and submit the full paper for Unit 10).

For assistance with finding sources, use this AIU Library Orientation Libguide.

Use this TRAP test to ascertain the credibility of your sources. Do not submit the TRAP test; it is for guidance purposes only.

NOTE: For assistance with this assignment, please refer to the assigned readings listed under Unit 8 Learning Activities, as well as your intellipath lessons.

Grading Rubric

Assignment Criteria Proficient Descriptor Points
Structure and planning Presents required elements of the essay:
Counter-argument paragraph
Reference page, updated to include additional sources used.
/5 pts.
Counter argument Develops a counter-argument paragraph that focuses on potential objections to the claim. /20 pts.
Conclusion Restates the claim.
Summarizes the evidence.
/15 pts.
Grammar & Mechanics Provides 2 paragraphs (counter-argument and conclusion) that are double-spaced.
Sentences are clear, well-articulated, and free from grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors.
Information sources (a minimum of three) utilized are clearly identified, properly cited, and referenced using APA Style.
/10 pts.
Total /50 pts.