1.Researched Argument Paper
Minimum of 8 pages with an additional Works Cited page
Context: Begin your paper with context – what is going on right now regarding your topic? What are people talking about? Or is there something going on that connects to your topic? Beginning with context achieves the goals of a good introduction- to let the reader know in a general way what topic you will be discussing and to set tone and voice.
Historical Background or Explanation: You may need to define some terms, provide historical background, or explain what the idea/act/bill/proposition is to your audience. How did Affirmative Action come about? And what is it? Or What exactly is Genetically Modified Food? This should be done without your opinion – just presenting the background or defining the term(s).
Pose a question: Now that you have told your audience what you will be discussing you can pose a question to frame the rest of the information in your paper. Your thesis/claim will be your answer to this question (but it will come later in your paper). Examples: So is global warming a threat to human’s survival or an issue over-hyped by the media? Or Is standardized testing the best way way to judge a teacher’s or school’s competency? This question will set up the discourse (the different answers to that question by the different people).
Research/Discourse: You are joining the critical conversation on your topic so bringing in what others say is essential. Your stand on this topic comes from and after this exploration. This section of your paper will be providing the discourse on your topic. You can bring in your precis here but you will need to expand them (you may need to explain more to your reader about this view), blend them (including your precis here should not read like a list or chunks of precis) and connect them (use transitions to guide your reader and alert your reader to the different views).
Thesis: Once you have presented the mosaic of views about your topic to your audience then you can present your argument. Remember this is an argument paper so you need a thesis — the one sentence that your essay is about, your opinion on your topic and it must be ARGUABLE, that means you will find reasonable people who disagree with you. Your thesis must have all 3 of these elements. You can put your thesis at this point in your paper as an indication to your reader that you are now presenting your argument. Or you can present your argument and put your thesis in after. Your call.
Your Opinion: Good argument papers have a balance between your opinion and the facts and/or sources that back it up. Make sure that you are not so heavy on facts, figures, and quotes that your paper reads like a report but also that you’re not too heavy on your opinion that you don’t back up your argument with outside supports. In this section you can call out the sources you presented in the discourse section. Let your reader know if they are making assumptions, presenting fallacies in their argument, or why you disagree with them. But however you choose, you will need to address these opposing views. You can acknowledge that you agree with a part or two if that applies, and then tell your audience why you still disagree. Leave no unanswered questions in the minds of your readers. You should also bring in some of the supports you agree with and develop them further. You can include new sources and research that you did not present in your discourse section.
Conclusion: Your conclusion is your chance to have the last word on the subject. The conclusion allows you to have the final say on the issues you have raised in your paper, to summarize your thoughts, to demonstrate the importance of your ideas, and to propel your reader to a new view of the subject. It is also your opportunity to make a good final impression and to end on a positive note.
Your conclusion can go beyond the confines of the assignment. The conclusion pushes beyond the boundaries of the prompt and allows you to consider broader issues, make new connections, and elaborate on the significance of your findings.
Your conclusion gives your reader something to take away that will help them see things differently or appreciate your topic in personally relevant ways. It can suggest broader implications that will not only interest your reader, but also enrich your reader’s life.
An excellent Researched Argument Paper will:
be well-researched from which you will demonstrate your ability to cite sources, quote, paraphrase, summarize, etc., in order to create a smooth, informative essay, and your final grade will depend largely on how effectively you integrate these components. Remember, when you cite sources (primary or secondary), you’re adding outside voices to your work, which furthers the appearance of your credibility, and creates reader interest.
be persuasive. Through your argument you should aim at changing a person’s (or a group’s) attitude or behavior toward some event, idea, object, or other person(s), by using written words to convey information, appeals to emotion, and reasoning.
have a Work Cited page, in either APA or MLA style, following your essay that provides the source of any material summarized, paraphrased, or quoted.
be 8-10 pages
have minimum of 6 sources, 2-3 scholarly, but you must include the complete discourse on your topic
2. Please see the document “sample rhetoric precis” use the 6 sources to write precis. That will be a total of 2 pages.
Essay is 8 pages, and precis is 2 pages.