(1,500-2,500 words, include 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 define an issue, provide
arguments, and imagine counterarguments
To understand that all writers
write with an agenda
need to do the following:
The Simpsons: Should children be
exposed to this program?
characters selfish egomaniacs?
Fanatics (enough said)
Problems with arguing a position.
Create an outline, detailing your plan of
Define your position in your thesis statement
Give logical reason for your position
Offer examples and anecdotes to support your
In the big scheme of things, why
does this argument matter?