Write an essay in which you take a side on an issue. Introduce/define the issue in the first paragraph or two of the essay as you work toward your
thesis, which should be a declarative statement of the side you are taking on the issue. In the body paragraphs following the introduction, offer
support for your thesis (your point of view) by providing evidence in the form of the history of the issue, facts, statistics, expert and/or personal
opinion, etc., demonstrating that your viewpoint has merit. Other body paragraphs should be used to counter your own viewpoint, offering the “they
say” or “naysayers” point of view: again, through the use of facts, statistics, expert and/or personal opinion, etc. Follow the counterargument(s)
with a rebuttal paragraph, in which you dismantle or show the weaknesses of the counter claims. Finally, construct a conclusion to the essay by
reminding the reader of your thesis or main point, summarizing the evidence you have offered to support your viewpoint, and perhaps even offering one
final piece of support for your thesis. Use similar terminology in the conclusion and the introduction to help the reader form a dominant image of
the argument you are advancing, and try to create a connection between the conclusion and the title of the essay, which should be applied after you
have completed the essay.
Use of Secondary Sources
As mentioned above, you must incorporate two secondary sources into your discussion. By the way, Spark Notes, Wikipedia or any version of the
dictionary may not be considered a secondary source. You must find books, book chapters, essays, online websites, blogs, newspaperor journal articles
written about the topic you are discussing, or verifiable facts and statistics from reputable organizations.Personal interviews may serve as
secondary sources as well.
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