Week 5- Position Paper

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Week 5- Position Paper

Assignment Instructions

Communication is used to inform, to persuade and to analyze. In the Week 5 Position Paper, the writer will persuade the reader of his point of view by supporting a thesis with objective facts and evidence. Take a look at this 5 paragraph essay Persuasive essay flowchart. If you want to know which citation style to use with your major, consult The APUS Library Style Guide for Majors. The Week 5 Overview will also give you a more detailed explanation of the 5 paragraph essay structure. If your field uses APA, google Diana Hacker: Sample APA paper to see what an APA paper looks like. If your field uses MLA, then google Diana Hacker: Sample MLA paper to see what a MLA paper looks like. If you want to lower your Turnitin score to avoid plagiarism, you need to know the difference between a direct quote, a paraphrase and a summary. Watch this How to make a Direct quote, a paraphrase and Summary video to learn the difference between the three. Most majors in APUS use the APA format so if you want to learn how to format or write an APA paper, Watch this APA video.


Using the debatable topic from your field of study that you chose in the Week 2 forum, write your Position paper. Make sure you take a position on an important issue and support that issue with credible evidence in your body paragraphs. Write a position paper using the outline that you created and revised in  the Week 4 forum. Before you submit, please review the rubric/checklist and ensure you have included everything the assignment requires. You can take a stand on any debatable issue you want from your field of study, or if you do not have a major, you can choose a topic from the ProCon.org website.

Make sure each paragraph has 5 to 7 sentences. Your introduction paragraph should include a hook (first sentence to grab the reader’s attention); then 5 to 7 supporting sentences to tell why the thesis is important. Then your thesis is the last sentence of the first paragraph. Watch this Introduction and Conclusion paragraph video to learn how to write your Introduction and conclusion paragraphs.

Example thesis: Global Warming is a hoax because Reason1, Reason 2 and Reason 3. (this is the main idea of your topic)

Paragraph 2: Reason 1

Paragraph 3: Reason 2

Paragraph 4: Reason 3

Paragraph 5: Conclusion

Make sure your thesis is the last sentence of the first paragraph. (Google Funnel Introduction paragraph) Make sure you have a thesis statement with matching body paragraphs (Google 5 paragraph essay structure). In this assignment, you learn to argue one side of an essay and you learn to argue that one side using plenty of examples from scholarly sources from your field of study.

*Use only third person case in your essay. Do not use first person case (I, my, us, we) in your essay. Do not use second person case (you and your) in your essay. Use third person case he/she/they for a more professional tone.*

Wrong sentence and wrong tone  (first person case)– I took steroids while playing sports and now I am suffering side effects from the steroids. Using first person case is too personal.

Wrong sentence and wrong tone (second person case)–You should not take steroids while playing sports because you will suffer side effects from the steroids. Using second person case sounds too preachy.

Correct tone(third person case): “Barry Bonds took steroids while playing sports” (Smith, 22).

Correct sentence and third person case–Barry Bonds took steroids while playing sports. (Smith, 22)–Third person case sounds more professional.

PURPOSE: Position Paper
AUDIENCE: author, instructor, others interested in the field
LENGTH: 500-750 words,  (Times New Roman font)
SOURCE MINIMUM: 3 total: at least 1 from the library, and at least 1 from a professional organization
FORMAT STYLE: the citation style that is appropriate for your discipline

In this assignment, you should include an INTRODUCTION, BODY, and CONCLUSION.

In the INTRODUCTION, clearly identify the issue and the position that you are taking.
In the BODY, provide support to the position that you are taking.
In the CONCLUSION, wrap up your position along with possible solutions.


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