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Argument Essay

Worth 20% of semester grade.

"Every issue has (at least) two sides to it!"

Peer Review of Argument paper draft Wednesday, May 1/Thursday, May 2. Students who fail to bring a draft will be asked to leave and will be counted absent for the day, and receive a "zero" for the day's work.

Final Draft due by Wednesday, May 8/Thursday, May 9, at the beginning of class.

Format: Five-paragraph  ISARC-style argument. Choose option 1, 2 or 3 on the next page (only one option). 

Optional EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: You may also submit an extra credit argument paper if you wish, based on one of the options you did not choose for the main paper. If you decide to do this, clearly mark your extra paper "extra credit."  An extra paper can be worth up to five points extra credit on your final grade. The requirements, grading and due date for extra credit papers are the same as for the main assignment, except that extra credit cannot be done in a group.

 

 

Option 1: Argue in favor of or against the idea that all young men and woman should strictly remain virgins until marriage. In your essay clearly label the five parts of your ISARC argument I, S, A, R and C. Pay special attention to the Antithesis, Refutation and Conclusion (What do we do about it?) in your argument. If you choose this option you must write your argument in the first person (I, me, we, us) carefully addressing your argument to unmarried young people of traditional college or marriage age (late teens and through the twenties). Do not use "you" or "they" (second or third person) in your argument.

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Option 2:  Argue in favor of or against the idea that democracy is no longer desirable or even possible in our world today, and in fact the time when democracy was a realistic ideal of government has now come to an end.  In your essay clearly label the five parts of your ISARC argument I, S, A, R and C. Pay special attention to the Antithesis, Refutation and Conclusion (What do we do about it?) in your argument. If you choose this option you must write your argument in the second person (you), carefully addressing your argument to people your own age. Do not use "I" or "me" (first person singular) in your argument. 

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Option 3: Argue in favor of or against the idea that “hard” drug pushers are in fact acting as soldiers of hostile powers (the cartels) that are right now attacking our nation, and as such they should be executed if found in possession of both weapons and hard drugs with intent to distribute. In your essay clearly label the five parts of your ISARC argument I, S, A, R and C. Pay special attention to the Antithesis, Refutation and Conclusion (What do we do about it?) in your argument. If you choose this option you must write your argument in the third person (they), carefully addressing your argument to people your own age. Do not use "I," "me," “we” or “you” (first or second person) in your argument. 


Special instructions (all options): This assignment may be done individually, or, if you prefer, in a group with one or two other classmates in my course. Assignment must be five good, rich paragraphs long. Since this class does not teach citation methods, correct APA or MLA citations will not be required. However, if you quote or use any text obtained online or from other outside sources you must put the text in quotes (" ") and then include a parenthetical reference to the source where that text was found. No additional bibliography or list of sources at the end of your assignment is needed.  DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!

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