Argument Essay Assignment
Write a 1,500-1,750-word
essay using five to seven academic
resources in which you argue that a contested “case” involving the sale, trade, or donation of human organs fits
(or does not fit) within a given category. A
case may include a specific news article, story, or incident illustrating a
dilemma or controversy relating to the exchange of human organs. The case does not need to be a court case.
Follow these steps when composing your essay:
Start by selecting a
controversial case found in the media involving the sale, trade, or donation of
human organs. For example, an appropriate case might include a story in the
news about an organ broker, and the term to define might be “criminal.”
Decide what category you think
your case belongs in, with the understanding that others may disagree with you
about the definition of your category, and/or whether your chosen case matches
3. In the
opening of your essay, introduce the case you will examine and pose your
definition question. Do notsimply
summarize here. Instead, introduce the issue and offer context.
4. To support
your argument, define the boundaries of your category (criteria) by using a
commonly used definition or by developing your own extended definition.Defining your boundaries simply means
naming the criteria by which you will discuss your chosen case involving the
sale, trade, or donation of human organs. If you determine, for example, that
an organ broker is a criminal, what criteria constitute this? A criminal may
intentionally harm others, which could be one of your criteria.
5. In the
second part of your argument (the match), show how your case meets (or does not
meet) your definition criteria. Perhaps by comparing or sizing up your
controversial case to other cases can help you to develop your argument.
This essay isNOT simply a persuasive essayon the sale, trade, or donation ofhuman organs. It
is an argumentative essay where the writer explains what a term means and uses
a specific case to explore the meaning of that term in depth.
First Draft Grading
You will receive completion points for the first draft based upon the
successful submission of a complete draft.
Because your first draft is a completion grade, do not assume that this
grade reflects or predicts the final grade. If you do not consider your
instructor’s comments, you may be deducted points on your final draft.
Final Draft Grading
The essay will be graded using a rubric.
Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar
with the assignment criteria and expectations.
Include in-text citations and a references page in GCU Style forFIVE to SEVENscholarly sources outside of class texts.
These sources should be used to support any claims you make and should be
present in the text of the essay.
Use the GCU Library to help you find sources.
Include this research in the paper in a scholarly manner.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
You are required to submit this
assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.
Please be sure your Turnitin
score is at an acceptable level before submitting the draft to your instructor.