(1,500-2,500 words, include
a works cited page and an outline)
1st Rough Draft due:
Essay #4 due:
Write an essay that takes a
position. This essay does not need to be on a controversial "hot"
topic, but it does require that you take a stance. If you can't imagine
that anyone could see it another way, then you haven't chosen a good topic.
If you don't know what to write about, you can begin your research with
an interest and develop a position as you learn more about the subject.
To convey a clear position
To give define an issue, provide
arguments, and imagine counterarguments
To be a synthesizer and summarizer
of authoritative sources.
To understand that all writers
write with an agenda
To read critically and between
need to do the following:
The Simpsons: Should children be
exposed to this program?
Internet research on Kosovo.
What's being reported?
Nato and History of Attacks
characters selfish egomaniacs?
Problems with arguing a position.
Include a Works Cited page
Use 3 sources
While doing your research find
something that surprises you
Define your topic of research
Define your position in the research
Give logical reason for your position
Offer examples, anecdotes, and
possibly statistics as support for your position
In the big scheme of things, why
does this argument matter?
for information on logical reasoning and critical thinking