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Arguing a Position
(1,500-2,500 words, include an outline)
1st Rough Draft due:
Peer Review:
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 define an issue, provide arguments, and imagine counterarguments
  • To understand that all writers write with an agenda
  • The Simpsons: Should children be exposed to this program?
  • Are Seinfield's characters selfish egomaniacs?
  • Star Wars Fanatics (enough said)
You will need to do the following:
  1. Create an outline, detailing your plan of attack
  2. Define your position in your thesis statement
  3. Give logical reason for your position
  4. Offer examples and anecdotes to support your position
  5. Imagine counterarguments
  6. In the big scheme of things, why does this argument matter?
See Common Problems with arguing a position.