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argumentative essay: Argumentative Paper

The Argumentative Paper
     Your fifth paper is a classic argumentative essay.   You will need to choose a topic.  You may write on any controversial issue you wish.  留学生论文网  I would, however, stay away from topics that you feel so strongly about that you cannot see the validity of the arguments for the other side.  Once you have thought of a topic, state it in the form of a "should" question to make sure the topic will work for the paper.  For example, students have written on topics as follows:   Should cities implement teen curfews?  Should motorists be allowed to talk on cell phone while driving?   Should adoption records be open to adoptees who are of legal adult age?   Should public schools require students to wear uniforms?  Should high school athletes be able to join the professional ranks upon graduating from high school?     Please read chapter 10 in your textbook, pages 277-311.   Your argumentative essay should have a minimum of 8 paragraphs.   In the essay, you will chose a side--argue for a specific position.  You may not have a neutral stance nor straddle the fence.  To do so will make the paper problematic.   Your position will serve as the thesis statement for the paper.  
   The format of the paper is as follows.   Introduce the issue by giving any background to establish the context of the debate.   Present any recent events in the media or in your life that relate to the issue.  Discuss why the issue is controversial and for whom.   Your thesis will come at the end of the introduction and must state a definitive position/opinion.   In the next paragraphs after the introduction, you will be presenting opposing arguments and hopefully refuting them.  Please see the section Anticipating Opposing Arguments in your book, page 279.   In general, an opposing argument is an argument presented by those who disagree with your thesis--those who take the opposite opinion to your thesis.   In a refutation, you counter the opposing argument--explain why you disagree with the opposing argument.   If you cannot refute the opposing argument, you made concede to the validity of the opposing argument.   A concession is an admittance that the opposing argument is reasonable.   To do this does not weaken your position.  You may combine each opposing argument and its accompanying refutation into one paragraph if you choose.  You may choose to separate each part into two separate paragraphs--one for the opposing argument and one for the refutation.  This will extend your paper from the basic 8 paragraphs.   After presenting opposing arguments and refutations, you will need three additional supporting arguments.  Supporting arguments are arguments that support your position--your thesis.  Each supporting argument will be discussed in a separate paragraph of its own.   You may use the same conclusion as in the pro/con paper except that you must revise the thesis.  Also, you may want to review just the main points for your side.

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