helps with some topics to choose from.Write aÂ 750- toÂ 1000-word,Â six-paragraphÂ argumentative essayÂ on a topic of your choice.Â Make sure that the topic is arguable and that your argument isÂ not too obviousâ€”i.e. â€œIt is wrong toÂ stealâ€Â or â€œPeople shouldnâ€™t abuse their childrenâ€.The essay must include evidence from three reliable sources outside the textbook. They may be internet sources, butÂ PLEASEÂ review Chapter 8 to determine what constitutes a reliable source.Â Wikipedia isÂ NOTÂ a reliable source, and itÂ may notÂ 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.Â Ordinarily, there is no cited information in the introductory and concluding paragraphs.EachÂ of theÂ threeÂ body paragraphsÂ should contain a topic sentence that relates to the thesis and identifiesÂ a strong reason for your argument.Â Body paragraphs should include strong evidence to support the topic sentence and the thesis. Remember to cite borrowed information in the text, even if youâ€™veÂ put it in your own words. While using quotes can sometimes be helpful, essays that are too dependent on quotes and/orÂ include long quotes usually BORE the reader.Your essay MUST include aÂ counterargument/refutation paragraphÂ after your third body paragraph and before your concluding paragraph.Â It should include cited evidence.The essay MUST be presented in proper MLA format,Â with in-text citations included for each quote, andÂ a properly-formatted Works Cited page.If youâ€™re not sure how to cite something,Â NEVER guess. Ask a librarian or your instructor. The â€œChat with a Librarianâ€ feature on the libraryâ€™s website can be helpful for this.DO NOTÂ 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,Â AugustÂ 16, 2015.Basic Outline for Essay 4Paragraph One: Introductionâ€”includes a strong thesis.Paragraph Two: Reason #1 for your argument. Include strong cited evidence.Paragraph Three: Reason #2Â for your argument. Include strong cited evidence.Paragraph Four:Â Reason #3Â 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
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