Write a 750-
to 1000-word, six-paragraph argumentative essay on a topic of your
choice. Make sure that the topic is arguable and that your argument
is not too obvious—i.e. “It is wrong to steal” or “People shouldn’t
abuse their children”.
The essay must include evidence from three
reliable sources outside the textbook. They may be internet sources,
but PLEASE review Chapter 8 to determine what constitutes a reliable
source. Wikipedia is NOT a reliable source, and it may not be counted as
one of your three sources.
The essay must include a strong
introductory paragraph that ends with the thesis as well as a concluding
paragraph that restates the thesis without using exact
words. Ordinarily, there is no cited information in the introductory and
Each of the three body paragraphs should
contain a topic sentence that relates to the thesis and identifies a
strong reason for your argument. Body paragraphs should include strong
evidence to support the topic sentence and the thesis. Remember to cite
borrowed information in the text, even if you’ve put it in your own
words. While using quotes can sometimes be helpful, essays that are too
dependent on quotes and/or include long quotes usually BORE the reader.
essay MUST include a counterargument/refutation paragraph after your
third body paragraph and before your concluding paragraph. It should
include cited evidence.
The essay MUST be presented in proper MLA
format, with in-text citations included for each quote, and a
properly-formatted Works Cited page.
If you’re not sure how to
cite something, NEVER guess. Ask a librarian or your instructor. The
“Chat with a Librarian” feature on the library’s website can be helpful
DO NOT write this essay using first- or second-person. It must be written entirely in third-person.
Standards for all essays for the course are provided in the syllabus.
Upload your completed final draft into the designated D2L Dropbox by 11:59 P.M. CDT on Sunday, August 16, 2015.
Basic Outline for Essay 4
Paragraph One: Introduction—includes a strong thesis.
Paragraph Two: Reason #1 for your argument. Include strong cited evidence.
Paragraph Three: Reason #2 for your argument. Include strong cited evidence.
Paragraph Four: Reason #3 for your argument. Include strong cited evidence.
Paragraph Five: Counterargument/Refutation. Include cited reasons why those who oppose your argument are wrong.
Paragraph Six: Conclusion