In this assignment choose a specific issue in which two credible parties have do

In this assignment choose a specific issue in which two credible parties have documented the following:

Clearly opposing positions, and
Clear agendas.
Choose the position you agree with and argue that position using:

Three separate lines of reasoning to support your position
Research to support each line of reasoning (example, testimony, and fact/data, or any combination) that supports your position
Research about the opposing position’s views
Presentation of the opposing views, along with lines of reasoning to refute them
Final Draft Essay Requirements
This assignment requires a two-part thesis:

Statement of position; and
Forecast (essentially a “preview”) of your lines of reasoning
Writing Tip #1
This Argument Essay is a Classical Argument Essay aimed at both arguing the author’s thesis and refuting the opponent’s thesis. It is NOT a Persuasive Essay, where the purpose is to persuade without necessarily arguing against an opposing perspective. The difference is that an argument essay tries both to persuade and refute against an opposing view.

With this in mind, you should not choose a generic issue that has no credible opposing view – like “energy conservation” – for a Classical Argument essay. One can try to write a persuasive essay that makes an appeal to a reader to conserve energy. But unless you can find a credible opponent with an active agenda opposing your appeal (“We should NOT conserve energy”), then you cannot write a Classical Argument essay.

Writing Tip #2
It can be helpful to look into current legislation under debate everywhere from your city council, state legislature or even at the federal level. But be careful with large issues. Students often like to take them on, but they can be too unwieldy for a short assignment like this.

Argument Essay Outline
Issue statement
Two-part thesis (assertion plus forecast)
Opponent’s first claim
One sentence summary of opponent’s source support
Opponent’s second claim
One sentence summary of opponent’s source support
Your first claim with “keyword”
One sentence summary of your source support #1
One sentence summary of your source support #2
Your second claim with “keyword”
One sentence summary of your source support #1
One sentence summary of your source support #2
Your third claim with “keyword”
One sentence summary of your source support #1
One sentence summary of your source support #2
Conclusion: Summation of arguments and why should we care? What’s at stake?
Requirements
Be sure to:
Choose a specific issue in which two credible parties have documented clearly opposing positions and clear agendas
Choose the position you agree with and argue that position using the following:
Three separate lines of reasoning;
Each line of reasoning will support your position with research (example, testimony, and fact/data, or any combination) that supports your position; and
Research about the opposing position’s views
Present the opposing views and refute them.
Include a two-part thesis with:
Statement of position; and
Forecast of your lines of reasoning
Develop an enticing title that implies your position.
Use a sympathetic appeal and/or cited research in the introduction to establish the issue.
Avoid addressing the assignment directly. (Don’t write “I am going to argue about…” Instead, introduce the issue in a more compelling way that makes the reader care.) ABSOLUTELY NO 1st or 2nd PERSON ALLOWED IN THIS ESSAY
Your voice should be professional and scholarly.
Package your source material with appropriate signaling and commentary.

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