Writing Project 7- Argument Essay

Writing Project 7- Argument Essay

Theme: Controversy

Grade Weight:  100 points

Format:  Double-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font.  See model MLA format in Canvas.

Purpose and Guidelines:  Writing Project # 7 is a four paragraph essay based on the principles discussed in Chapter 12 (Argument) and Chapter 14 (Essay Patterns) of your text.  NO OUTSIDE SOURCES ARE TO BE USED FOR YOUR PAPER.  Your argument must come from your own personal reasoning and experience.  This is an extended writing assignment that will explore arguing a specific point to persuade your audience. ORDER YOUR PAPER NOW

Prompts: For your topic, you must respond to one of the following prompts:

  1. Should employers be allowed to look through your social media accounts before they hire you and be allowed to not hire based upon what they see?
  2. Currently, Moraine Valley Community College only requires a high school diploma or an equivalent degree from a student for admission. What if the college decided to make admission more difficult by requiring a specific GPA or a competitive score on the ACT?  Would you be in favor of that or against it?  Support your opinion using your own personal experience.
  3. Sometimes minors steal, vandalize, go joyriding, and do other illegal acts. Should parents be required to pay for damages when their children break the law?
  4. Should college students be permitted to carry concealed weapons?
  5. Tattoos hold significant meanings to people. They can be offensive to others, especially in the workplace.  That stated, should tattoos be allowed in the professional workplace?

Support your thesis with your own thoughts, your own experiences, and your own observations.  Be sure to state your position clearly and to include specific anecdotes, examples, logical consequences, facts, and answers to the opposition to support your thesis. ORDER YOUR PAPER NOW

Length:  IF EACH RESPECTIVE PARAGRAPH FALLS BELOW THE MINIMUM SENTENCE REQUIREMENT, YOUR GRADE WILL SUFFER:

  1. Paragraph 1:  An introductory paragraph (This paragraph must be at least 5 sentences long) with a clear and effective thesis statement in the final sentence of this paragraphBold your thesis statement! 
  2. Paragraph 2:  Body paragraph 1 (this paragraph must be at least 10 – 14 sentences long) with a topic sentence, relevant evidence, examples, logical consequences, and appropriate transitions.  Be sure to underline your topic sentence; it may not necessarily be the first sentence of this paragraph, but you should underline only 1 sentence in this body paragraph. If you do not underline the topic sentence, your paragraph’s first sentence will be treated as the topic sentence.
  3. Paragraph 3: Body paragraph 2.  Your opposition and opposition response paragraph (this paragraph must be at least 8 – 12 sentences long).  Think about how your opposition might refute your argument.  Then, how would you respond to the opposition’s perspective?   Be sure to underline your topic sentence; it may not necessarily be the first sentence of this paragraph, but you should underline only 1 sentence in this body paragraph.  If you do not underline the topic sentence, your paragraph’s first sentence will be treated as the topic sentence.
  4. Paragraph 4: A concluding paragraph (This paragraph must be at least 5 sentences long) with an effective summary statement in Sentence 1 of this paragraph.  Bold your summary statement. 

Your sentence variety (simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex) is crucial in this paper.  With that stated, most of your sentences should be compound, complex, and compound-complex.

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Your sentence variety (simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex) is crucial in this paper.  With that stated, most of your sentences should be compound, complex, and compound-complex.

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