you are to present and justify a position on any fact-based dispute. To be sure that your position is disputable, consider whether someone could reasonably argue a position opposite to yours.
For this type of argument, narrowing the topic to a manageable size is essential. For example, gun control or drug use in general would be too broad; you would need to focus on a particular point of controversy in such topics.
You are required to use at least three outside sources in this essay: two sources in support of your position and one opposed to it. For a factual argument, the quality of the sources is critical, so include only sources that are relevant, recent, and reliable. Look for original research reports, rather than summaries of research in second-hand sources.
Documenting sources properly is very important. Each time you refer directly or indirectly to someone else’s ideas, you must provide full MLA-style documentation, including a Works Cited page. Either paraphrase thoroughly or use quotations marks for direct quotations.
To integrate your source material into your argument, follow the I-CITE procedure each time you refer to a source:
· Introductory phrase: The first time you mention the source, give the full name of the author or the full title of an anonymous work. If you use the same source again, use the author’s last name or an abbreviated title
· Credentials: Present the qualifications of the author or website to show why the source is authoritative. If you use the same source more than once, include the credentials the first time only.
· Information: Present the information in your own words, unless the specific wording of the original is important.
· Transition: If the source has page numbers, document the page in parentheses. Otherwise, provide a clear verbal transition from the source material to your own ideas.
· Explanation: Discuss how the information from the source relates to your argument.
The opening paragraph of your essay should introduce the reader to your topic. Present your thesis near the end of the introduction.
The body paragraphs should provide evidence for your position and respond to opposing arguments. Summarize each opposing argument fairly, then either refute or concede it.
The final paragraph of your essay should create a sense of closure and re-emphasize the main point of your essay.
The length should be 850-1000 words. The essay should be typed and double-spaced, with one-inch margins. You do not need a title page. Instead, at the top left corner of the first page, put your name, “English 1302,” “Essay One,” and the date you turn in the assignment. Center the title just below the heading.