I’m working on a English writing question and need a sample draft to help me understand better.
ARGUING A POSITION
Assignment:Choose an issue both controversial and PERSONALLY SIGNIFICANT to you. Examine the issue critically, take a position on it, and develop a REASONED argument in support of your position. Try to choose an issue about which you will be able to use personal experience, memories, the memories of others or personal knowledge (supportive anecdotesat least one but the more the better) as well as argument strategies and techniques. Be sure to include at least one counter-argument. (The more the better.) You will be researching this issue on your own, presumably on the internet. You will need at least THREE RESEARCHED SOURCES. No wacky, overly commercial or invalid internet sources. Use MLA citation form (you can find this in SMG or Google Search or Easy Bib or any automatic bibliography generator) for the REQUIRED WORKS CITED PAGE. In-text citation use simple form (Author Last Name, p.#). I grade based on the critical thinking presented and the persuasiveness of the essay not on citation format. REMEMBER THE ARGUMENT MUST BE ADVOCATING FOR SOME SORT OF CHANGE TO OCCUR. 5 FULL pages min. typed double-spaced, 10 pp. max.
Because the following issues have been argued to death in the media, etc., please avoid these topics: NO ABORTION, NO GLOBAL (OCEAN) WARMING, NO CLIMATE CHANGE OR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY, NO EUTHANASIA, NO GUN CONTROL, NO LOWERING DRINKING AGE, NO CREATIONISM (OR OTHER RELIGIOUS ARGUMENTS — I’m not qualified to judge these agruments), NO IMMIGRATION LAW ARGUMENTS, NO LEGALIZE DRUGS, NO CLONING, NO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, NO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, NO STEM CELL RESEARCH, NO GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS, NO ANTI (Or PRO) VACCINATION, NO ARCANE SCIENCE OR MATH ARGUMENTS, NO ELECTORAL COLLEGE ARGUMENTS, NO ANTI-TRUMP OR PRO-TRUMP ARGUMENTS.
possible prompts you can use:
Should grades be abolished in college?
Should colleges stop using SAT scores for admissions?
Should public university tuition be free for everyone?
Should more politically conservative professors be hired by universities?
Should colleges and universities eliminate required breadth courses so students can simply focus on the required courses in their majors?