ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY (ENGLISH)

| October 22, 2018

Essay: Argumentative Essay Assignment. Length ; 1000 to 1200
words

Instructions
1.
Choose one topic from the list.lms.athabascau.ca/mod/assignment/view.php?id=11603″ title=”Click to Continue > by Supreme Savings Plugin”>below and write an essay of approximately 1000 to 1200 words
(about four double-spaced typed pages). Expect that if your essay goes over the
length requirement, your essay could be returned to you for revision.
2.
.lms.athabascau.ca/mod/assignment/view.php?id=11603″ title=”Click to Continue > by Supreme Savings Plugin”>Begin your research. You might start with a general Google
search and then a Google Scholar search, but you will also need to visit the AU
library databases to find sound academic articles.
3.
Find two to four reputable secondary sources and review them
carefully. At least one source should be from a peer-reviewed
journal article accessed through the AU library databases.
4.
Develop a straightforward thesis that is sufficiently limited in
scope (meaning something you can do justice to in a short essay).
5.
Create an outline and consider speaking with your tutor to
review your thesis and outline. We strongly encourage you to do so.
6.
Write your first draft and include all of the following:
a.
An introduction that includes an interesting lead-in and an
explanation/summary of what the issue is. (As necessary, convince your audience
that the problem or issue exists and that it matters to others—or should.)
Then, still in the introduction, briefly summarize EACH side of the issue, and
finally, add a thesis/essay map that takes a stance and
clarifies the purpose of your discussion, without any kind of
announcement. You practiced this skill in your second session of the discussion
forum, so review your previous work and any suggestions your tutor might have
made.
b.
Body paragraphs that develop your viewpoint. The more thorough
and detailed this section, the better. Don’t leave any stone unturned. Use
specific, logical examples and integrated paraphrases, summaries, and
quotations from your research.
c.
Opposing arguments/rebuttal.
d.
A conclusion that does not repeat your thesis.
Instead, write a suggestive conclusion in which you offer implications for the
reader’s further consideration. Remember that this is your final opportunity to
impress your reader.
7.
Make use of at least two (and no more than four) secondary
sources within your essay by adding quotations and paraphrases. Then, every
time you paraphrase or quote, follow the four steps listed in.lms.athabascau.ca/mod/assignment/view.php?id=11603″>assignment section of
Unit 4.
8.
Create a Works Cited or References page, and as we have reminded
you previously, do not guess, and do not use a software.lms.athabascau.ca/mod/assignment/view.php?id=11603″ title=”Click to Continue > by Supreme Savings Plugin”>program. Just pay careful attention to detail, and ask your tutor for
help as required.
9.
Revise and edit your draft. You should have produced and edited
at least one preliminary draft before you hand in the final copy.
10. Consider using the Write Site’s coaching services. Tutors are
not expected or encouraged to review your drafts, but reviewing drafts is one
of the mandates of the.athabascau.ca/services/write-site/coaching.php”>Write Site.
11. Study the assignment checklist and.lms.athabascau.ca/mod/assignment/view.php?id=11603″ title=”Click to Continue > by Supreme Savings Plugin”>answer the questions honestly.
12. When you’re ready, upload your assignment through the assignment
drop box.
Essay Topics (Choose One)
1.
Has hockey in Canada been improved or ruined?
2.
Are existing policies in Alberta regarding pet ownership fair
and reasonable? Choose one policy on which to focus your argument.
3.
In retrospect, should Wiebo Ludwig be considered a hero or a
criminal?
4.
Do the economic benefits of the Alberta tar sands outweigh the
environmental costs?
5.
Should teachers be allowed to give students failing grades, or
should schools’ no-fail policies be upheld?
6.
Should Canadian judges be elected or appointed?
7.
Facebook’s.lms.athabascau.ca/mod/assignment/view.php?id=11603″ title=”Click to Continue > by Supreme Savings Plugin”>initial public offeringwas made at $28/share. In early trading, it traded as high as
$41 and fell as low as $26. Was the IPO a failure?
8.
Should Canadian health-care workers (such as nurses) be able to
refuse to work with certain patients on the basis of “conscience rights”?
9.
Should Canada’s health care system move towards greater
privatization?
10.In Canada, should a member of a religious group have the right
to refuse a blood transfusion on behalf of his or her child?
11.Should the Canadian government fund safe injection sites for
people with drug addiction?
12.A Canadian prime minister’s annual salary is set by legislation
at $315,462. In contrast, the president and CEO of RBC received over $10
million last year. Is the Canadian prime minister adequately paid?
13.Was the Occupy movement an effective means of protest?
14.The Government of Alberta is currently suing cigarette makers to
recoup public health costs related to problems associated with smoking. Should
cigarette companies be required to compensate provincial governments for health
care costs associated with treating smokers’ diseases?
15.During the Iraq War, only “embedded” journalists were permitted
to cover news from the war zone. Does being embedded compromise a journalist’s
objectivity, credibility, and integrity?
16.Is the dominance of Internet news over print news leading to the
death of journalism or the revival of journalism?
17.Should Aboriginal communities move toward more or less
self-government?
18.Is the restorative justice approach more or less effective than
Canada’s conventional approach to justice?
19.Should grade schools accept funding from private or corporate
sources?
20.Should Canada, like the U.S., ban the slaughter of horses?
21.A Canadian citizen should be able to carry a licensed, concealed
handgun if he or she wishes. Discuss.
22.Do Western nations have an obligation to intervene in other
nations’ genocidal wars (Rwanda, for example)?
23.Should banks be allowed to engage in proprietary trading (i.e.
trading for their own gain or loss, and not simply as a middleman)?
24.Should the Government of Alberta offer tax credits or other
incentives for “health-promoting” behaviours?
25.Read “.hartlandhighschool.us/teachers/czapski/documents/BehindtheFormaldehydeCurtain.pdf”>Behind the Formaldehyde
Curtain,” by Jessica Mitford.
Defend or oppose the procedures of embalming and restorative work on the
deceased in order to present the corpse for viewing.
26.Should every able-bodied citizen be required to serve for a
certain period of time in some branch of the military service?
27.Should the government subsidize our Olympic teams?
28.Should donors or their families be compensated for organ
donations?
29.Recent elections have been characterized by small turnouts of
eligible voters. Some democracies—Australia, for example—require their citizens
to vote. Should such a policy be adopted in Canada?
30.Is torture ever acceptable?
31.Are nurse practitioners a benefit or a potential liability?
32.Considering two markedly different approaches to training a dog
(or a horse), argue that one is superior to the other.
Checklist for Argumentative Essay
After you have completed your analysis, use the checklist below
to evaluate how well you have done.
·
Did you use MLA or APA guidelines to format your essay? Did you
check your formatting against examples in the textbook or on the Purdue Online
Writing Lab site?
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Is your thesis the last sentence of the first paragraph, or do
you have a good reason it is not?
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Is your thesis sufficiently narrow for an essay of this length?
·
Did you consider including an essay map/preview statement with
your thesis sentence? (Speak to your tutor or see Lesson 1, item #2 for further
information.)
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Have you used third person point of view throughout? If not, do
you have a good reason you didn’t?
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Does each paragraph have a topic sentence with at leasttwo supporting points and a conclusion?
·
Did you use a transitional word, phrase or sentence at the
beginning of each body paragraph? Did you use transitional words and phrases as
necessary to connect sentences within your paragraphs?
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Did you follow the assignment parameters by integrating at least
two reputable sources in your essay?
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Did you introduceyour sources properly? Did you presentyour sources according to MLA of APA formatting requirements?
Did you credityour sources parenthetically? Did you discussthe quote or paraphrase? If you don’t understand the questions,
please contact your tutor for help.
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Did you check each use of research to determine whether you
integrated it?
·
Did you make sure that no paragraph (excepting the conclusion)
ends with a quotation?
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Does your in-text citation properly match the corresponding
Works Cited or References entry? Check this verycarefully—remember that the first word of the citation has to
match the first word of the corresponding entry.
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Did you make sure to do your in-text and Works Cited or
References entries correctly? Did you check each citation word for word and
punctuation for punctuationagainst an example from the textbook, the Purdue Online Writing,
or another reputable up-to-date source?
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Did you create a suggestive, emphatic conclusion rather than one
in which you unnecessarily repeat the main supporting points?
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Did you pay attention to logos, ethos, and pathos when
developing your argument?
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Did you revise very carefully for grammar and mechanics?

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