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GUIDELINES FOR ARGUMENTATIVE PAPER FOUR ENGLISH 1520 1. Choose a topic that you
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GUIDELINES FOR ARGUMENTATIVE PAPER FOUR ENGLISH 1520 1. Choose a topic that you
GUIDELINES FOR ARGUMENTATIVE PAPER FOUR ENGLISH 1520 1. Choose a topic that you can argue effectively and that you feel strongly about. This topic should be approved by the instructor. 2. Use the library’s database, books, or the internet (reputable sources end in .edu, .org or .gov; do not use Wikipedia) to find your research resources. There should be at least five sources to support your argument. Three sources should come from journals found in the library’s database. Two good sources are Films on Demand and Opposing Viewpoints. Both sources can be found on the library’s website. You can also interview an expert or use a documentary as additional sources. For help use the “chat with a librarian” feature. 3. Your paper should give the reader a feel for why the subject is important and why others should also be aware of the issue or topic. ➢ This paper must be at least 5 full pages in length (not including the works cited page). ➢ Correct grammar must be used. ➢ An additional citation (works cited) page must be attached (follow MLA guidelines). ➢ Paper must be typewritten and double-spaced using Times New Roman 12 point font. ➢ Support any arguments you present in your papers with quotes from your sources and make sure to use the correct citation format. (MLA style) ➢ Although you are supporting your argument with quotes, the majority of the argument should be your own. Be careful not to plagiarize. Your similarity score should be under 20%. ➢ MLA format must be used; be sure to refer to the Purdue Owl website. ➢ No first person language; therefore, you cannot refer to yourself. You should not use I think, I feel, in my opinion, it is my belief, etc. NO CONTRACTIONS Develop your thesis statement- This is where your subject, purpose and focus all come together in a controlling idea. • A clearly stated thesis conveys your main idea (your argument). • A thesis statement is an explicit declaration (usually in 1 sentence) of the main idea. In this case, it is your position on the issue. • It will convey a single idea, clearly focused and specifically stated. • It can be thought of as a central idea phrased in the form of an assertion. • It is a claim-it indicates what you claim to be true, interesting or valuable about your topic Sample topics are: Have people become overly dependent on technology causing ineffective interpersonal relations with others? Should reality television programs be banned as it leads to teen pregnancy, greed, bad behavior, drug use and tolerance for violence? Should more be done to encourage “living green” to save our environment? You must have a research question. The answer to the question will be your thesis statement. Topics which are off limit: Abortion, same sex marriage, capital punishment, gun control, legalization of marijuana and assisted suicide. You can not use topics that we have covered this semester

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