For the Argumentative Research Essay you will take your writing a step further and argue a position on a topic. While in the informative you may have asserted a perspective on topic in this you will take a position. The best arguments for this class tend to end with an action or policy. For those that “do not like politics” this is probably not as easy to pick a topic. For those that understand that what is often considered politics. Is not the real politics. The facebook and twitter drama playing out on various issues of our day are not the same as real rhetoric. The real rhetoric is when you drill down past the headlines and get into the meat of the reality. For instance, Defund the Police. There may have been a smaller section saying to get rid of police all together, but is that actually logical? The majority of those saying to defund police were saying to stop funding police at the expense of other services that the police should not be doing, such as mental health care. I am not suggesting on or the other or neither are right. My personal position isn’t relevant. But the point is to not accept the headline and use logic and reason to argue a position carefully. You will need ethos in the introduction, logos in the body, and pathos in the conclusion.
There are a series of activities in this folder to help you learn how to process that thinking, create those arguments, and support them. Academic argument isn’t the same as twitter war. So it is important that you complete the foundation activities and use the learning to write your essay.
The essay should have at minimum 5 sources. You will need at least 2 good, strong sources from the opposition so that you can write rebuttals (which are required). The essay should be at least 2000 words (note the at least). You will continue to use MLA format for the essay and citations.