The essay, like all other well-written essays, must have an introduction, a well-developed body, and a conclusion that is well-balanced.

The essay, like all other well-written essays, must have an introduction, a well-developed body, and a conclusion that is well-balanced.

The essay, like all other well-written essays, must have an introduction, a well-developed body, and a conclusion that is well-balanced.

ARGUMENT ESSAY – 1200 Words – 20% of overall grade

Cite at least three secondary sources in addition to the primary source.

Look at the primary assertion made by one of the articles on the “Argument Essay Worksheet” found under “Journals” on Canvas and agree with it or refute it.

Your thesis must be supported with at least three academic sources. These sources must include journal articles and books (not general encyclopedias).

Absolutely no internet sources, including Wikipedia, or abstracts or book reviews are allowed.

All of the sources must be correctly cited in the essay and on the works cited page, using MLA 8 format.

The essay, like all other well-written essays, must have an introduction, a well-developed body, and a conclusion that is well-balanced.

  • The essay is to address a general audience.
  • In the introduction, introduce the general topic, mention the author’s name and the title of the primary source, and give a very brief, one to two sentence, summary of the article and the author’s thesis, and, of course, your own thesis.
  • Each supporting paragraph must be well-developed, using pertinent examples and thorough explanations.
  • You must have at least one counter-argument that you refute with specific evidence.
  • Videos are posted on “Pages” that will help.

Use the handbook in the back of your textbook (not your e-text), an MLA 8 handbook, The Writer’s Reference, or the videos posted under “Pages” on Canvas for MLA 8 citations. The writing center or the embedded librarian on Canvas (look on the “Discussions” page) is a good place to ask for help.

WHAT DO I TURN IN WITH MY FINAL PAPER?

Upload the final copy of the essay, complete with the works cited page, in a PDF format.

REMINDERS:

  • The essay must follow MLA 8 format.
  • The sources must be cited in the essay correctly in MLA 8.
  • Integrate the quotes. No dropped quotes.
  • The works cited page must be in correct MLA 8 format. Hanging indent. Alpha order.
  • If the required sources are not used (the primary source and three secondary sources), minus ten points of overall essay grade for each required source that is not used.
  • Plagiarized papers are not acceptable.
  • PROOFREAD! CORRECT ALL BASIC WRITING ERRORS.

DUE DATE:

  • The PDF copy of your argument paper must be uploaded to Canvas by April 27, 2020.

Here is the works cited entry format for each of the articles. You will use only ONE of these. None of these will have page numbers in the parenthetical citation in the essay because they are not PDFs.

Works Cited

Ellsworth, Paul. “The Benefits of Failure: Why you must Fail to Succeed.” Medium, 14 Apr. 2017, https://medium.com/@paultellsworth/the-benefits-of-failure-why-you-must-fail-to-succeed-53a2ce78b701 (Links to an external site.).

“Is Technology Limiting Creativity?” Oman Essay. Academic Assistance to Students, 27 Dec. 2018, https://medium.com/@paultellsworth/the-benefits-of-failure-why-you-must-fail-to-succeed-53a2ce78b701 (Links to an external site.). Accessed day Month 2020.

Logan, Catalina. “Do Sports keep Teens out of Trouble?” How to Adult, 13 June 2017, https://howtoadult.com/291502-do-sports-keep-teens-out-of-trouble.html (Links to an external site.).

MacMillan, Amanda. “Why Friends may be more Important than Family.” Time, 7 June 2017, https://medium.com/@paultellsworth/the-benefits-of-failure-why-you-must-fail-to-succeed-53a2ce78b701 (Links to an external site.).

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