Assignment Prompt: Researched Argument
The researched argument is the final step in the writing process. For this assignment, you will pull on all of the course work you have completed thus far, bringing the pieces together into a final, polished project: a well-analyzed, well-supported, claim-driven essay. Also, you will need to locate and read at least one more source to help you build your argument. Thus, this argument will be supported by 6 sources. (Note: previous assignments needed only 5 sources.)
The researched argument is your chance to showcase all of your hard work, as you demonstrate:
· The ability to take a position in a persuasive, logic-driven manner.
· The skill of building a solid structure and foundation in support of the debatable claim
· Consideration of the counterclaim, and a well-informed rebuttal
· The skill of source support via valid points and credible evidence
Length: a minimum of 1500 words are required for this assignment. *If the minimum word count is not met, your assignment will be returned with no grade and a resubmission will be required.
Sources: An MLA formatted Works Cited page and in-text (parenthetical) citations are required for this assignment. The Works Cited page should include at least 6 cited sources. As a reminder, sources cited on your “Works Cited” page must also be cited within your essay as in-text citations. You may use all, some or none of the sources you originally read to prepare for all of the other assignments in this course; however you must include evidence from 6 read and reviewed scholarly sources for this assignment. *If the minimum source count (6) is not met, your assignment will be returned with no grade and a resubmission will be required.
Check out the table below for more information about the required content and conditions of each component:
Start with an attention grabber
or hook: an extremely poignant but
simple-to-the-point story, an example, statistic, or historical context that
introduces the essay’s topic. Then, give an overview of any issues involved
with the subject. Define any key terminology
needed to understand the topic. Quote or paraphrase sources revealing the
controversial nature of the subject. Highlight background information on
the topic needed to understand the direction of the paper
Top Tip: Aim for at least six to
eight sentences here, to allow for full forecasting of the rest of the
Clearly present the reasons in the
order as listed with the main claim in paragraph 1.
Provide warrants to connect each
reason; then, explore the reason with evidence.
You will want to bring up a counterargument and rebuttal with each noted
Top Tip: Make sure to use
to help readers move more easily with you, from one idea (and one paragraph)
to the next.
Briefly summarize each “reason” found in the
body of the paper.
End with a strong clincher
statement: an appropriate, meaningful final sentence that ties the whole
point of the essay together (you may want to refer back to the attention
grabber or hook noted in paragraph 1)
Top Tip: You should plan to really
grab the readers’ attention one last time here–to leave them with some final
food for thought.
Plan to include 6 sources here
(and each source should also be cited directly in the essay, as in-text
Top Tip: As a reminder, sources
cited on your “Works Cited” page should also be cited within
your essay. You may use all, some or none of the sources you originally read
to prepare for all of the other assignments in this course. Use sources that
best help you to prove your thesis;
this may mean choosing new, or some new, articles.
Note: 6 sources minimum.
Document Format: MLA formatting: Heading (name, assignment name, course name, date), original title, header (page numbers), line-spacing (double-spaced), 1” margins, 12-point font size, and Times New Roman or other sans-serif font. Includes properly formatting in-text citations and the Works Cited page. (6 sources minimum.) The thesis should be underlined.