Argumentative Essay
 
 
 
 
 
This writing assignment involves writing your Argumentative essay. Once you draft your essay and
 
 
 
revise, you may submit it for feedback. The feedback will help you revise the draft so you can submit it
 
 
 
as a final. The final version will be graded.
 
 
 
 
 
Option #1: Your Position on Pirated Movies
 
 
 
 
 
Develop a thesis statement on the topic of pirated movies (piracy hurts the economy by…, society can
 
 
 
prevent movie piracy by…, etc.) and write an argumentative essay. Strive for at least three strong
 
 
 
arguments in addition to a counterargument and refutation (see counterargument and refutation
 
 
 
details in the Top Ten Tips section). Using argumentative topic sentences that include your opinion for
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
each section can help ensure the majority of your essay is argumentative. Beginning of a sample topic
 
 
 
sentence: “The first way movie piracy hurts the economy is….” Then be sure to support that claim with
 
 
 
 
 
researched data. Conclude each paragraph with a sentence that summarizes the paragraph’s main
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ideas.
 
 
 
 
 
Sample Thesis Statement:
 
 
 
 
 
Ideally, a thesis would include the major assignment objectives for the essay, which in this case would
 
 
 
be your claim/opinion, reasons why you have that opinion, and the counter-argument: “Movie piracy is
 
 
 
unethical because (add argument 1), (add argument 2), and (add argument 3), even though (add
 
 
 
counterargument focus).”
 
 
 
 
 
Note that a thorough thesis statement will include the counterargument in addition to your own
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
arguments.
 
 
 
See Top Ten Tips section for more thesis statement assistance.
 
 
 
 
 
Use at least three credible sources (the author should be considered an expert on the topic in which he
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
or she writes; try Google Scholar to search), such as books, articles, and websites, to support your thesis.
 
 
 
 
 
Include a mix of cited paraphrases, summaries, and quotes in your argumentative research paper. Use
 
 
 
MLA format to create proper parenthetical citations as well as a Works Cited page at the end of your
 
 
 
essay. For additional Works Cited assistance visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
and use the left navigation menu to locate the type of reference you need.
 
 
 
 
 
Option #2: Your Position on Electronic Policing
 
 
 
 
 
Develop a thesis statement on the topic of electronic policing and anti-plagiarism software and write an
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
argumentative essay. Your chosen topic needs to be specific and might address a question like the ones
 
 
 
you see in these examples:
 
 
 
 
 
• Should student writers be subject to having their work checked by anti-plagiarism software?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Why or why not?
 
 
 
 
 
• Is anti-plagiarism software an effective deterrent to stealing published work? Why or why not?
 
 
 
• You may choose another topic regarding electronic policing as well; just be sure that your main
 
 
 
thesis addresses the topic of electronic policing.
 
 
 
If the assignment does not address one of the given options, it will not be graded.
 
 
 
Strive for at least three strong arguments in addition to a counterargument and refutation (see
 
 
 
counterargument and refutation details in the Tips section). Using argumentative topic sentences
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
that include your opinion for each section can help ensure the majority of your essay is
 
 
 
argumentative. For example, “First, students should be subject to having their work checked by antiplagiarism
 
 
 
 
 
software because….” Then be sure to support that claim with researched data. Conclude
 
 
 
each paragraph with a sentence that summarizes the paragraph’s main ideas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sample Thesis Statement:
 
 
 
 
 
Ideally, a thesis would include the major assignment objectives for the essay, which in this case would
 
 
 
be your claim/opinion, reasons why you have that opinion, and the counter-argument: “Students’ work
 
 
 
should be checked by anti-plagiarism software because (add argument 1), (add argument 2), and (add
 
 
 
argument 3), even though (add counterargument focus).” See Tips section for more thesis statement
 
 
 
assistance.
 
 
 
 
 
Use at least three credible sources (the author should be considered an expert on the topic in which he
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
or she writes; try Google Scholar to search), such as books, articles, and websites, to support your thesis.
 
 
 
 
 
Include a mix of cited paraphrases, summaries, and quotes in your argumentative research paper. Use
 
 
 
the MLA format to create proper parenthetical citations as well as a Works Cited page at the end of your
 
 
 
essay. For additional Works Cited assistance visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
and use the left navigation menu to locate the type of reference you need.
 
 
 
 
 
More Tips
 
 
 
 
 
Visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/01/ for more argumentative thesis statement
 
 
 
assistance and to learn if your thesis is both arguable and narrowed.
 
 
 
A counter-argument section for this paper should explain what the opposition believes, and it is the
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
opposite of the opinion you are arguing in your paper. For example, if you are arguing that antiplagiarism
 
 
 
 
 
software should not be used in college classes, then the counterargument would be that antiplagiarism
 
 
 
software should be used. Then in your refutation, try to prove the counterargument false,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
insignificant, or unimportant with researched information that is new to the essay (avoid recycling facts
 
 
 
from a previous argument in the essay).
 
 
 
The guidelines for this assignment are as follows:
 
 
 
 
 
Length: This assignment should be at least 750 words
 
 
 
Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
information:
 
 
 
 
 
• Your first and last name
 
 
 
• Course Title (Composition I)
 
 
 
• Assignment name (Argumentative Essay)
 
 
 
• Current Date
 
 
 
Format:
 
 
 
• Three sources, documented using MLA style
 
 
 
• Double-spaced throughout
 
 
 
• Title, centered after the heading
 
 
 
• Standard 12-point font
 
 
 
• 1” margins on all sides
 
 
 
• Save the file using one of the following extensions: .docx, .doc, .rtf, or .txt
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Underline your thesis statement in the introductory

 

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