Arguing Position Paper

OVERVIEW

Minimum Word Count: 1600

Maximum Word Count: 2000

Use a minimum of 5 sources:

Sources may be either primary or secondary. One must be a peer-reviewed source. You may use tertiary sources, but they will not count toward your five (5) required sources. You may not use Wikipedia as a source

FORMAT

Margins: 1”

Font: 12-point Courier New or New Times Roman

Double-spaced

Paginated

Name, date, class section in upper left-hand corner of 1st page.

No cover sheets, please!

Description:

Using one of the techniques outlined in class and gleaned from the reading, write a 6 to 8 page position paper.  You will use reasoned argument to justify your position on your topic.

Your paper should:

*Identify the issue or issues

*Establish a clear position

*Use a strong, refined thesis and central argument

*Use secondary and primary sources to support your argument

*Avoid asserting opinion without qualification

*Use logical transitions to guide the reader from thesis to conclusion

OBJECTIVES:

*Demonstrate competence with MLA format

*Incorporate information from sources into an essay

*Correctly format an MLA works cited page

*Practice research techniques and using library databases

*Organize an essay coherently using emphatic order

Arguing a Position

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

Minimum Word Count: 1600

Maximum Word Count: 2000

 

Use a minimum of 5 sources:

Sources may be either primary or secondary. One must be a peer-reviewed source. You may use tertiary sources, but they will not count toward your five (5) required sources. You may not use Wikipedia as a source

 

FORMAT

 

Margins: 1”

Font: 12-point Courier New or New Times Roman

Double-spaced

Paginated

 

Name, date, class section in upper left-hand corner of 1st page.

No cover sheets, please!

 

Description:

 

Using one of the techniques outlined in class and gleaned from the reading, write a 6 to 8 page position paper. You will use reasoned argument to justify your position on your topic.

Your paper should:

*Identify the issue or issues

*Establish a clear position

*Use a strong, refined thesis and central argument

*Use secondary and primary sources to support your argument

*Avoid asserting opinion without qualification

*Use logical transitions to guide the reader from thesis to conclusion

 

OBJECTIVES:

*Demonstrate competence with MLA format

*Incorporate information from sources into an essay

*Correctly format an MLA works cited page

*Practice research techniques and using library databases

*Organize an essay coherently using emphatic order

Arguing a Position

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

Minimum Word Count: 1600

Maximum Word Count: 2000

 

Use a minimum of 5 sources:

Sources may be either primary or secondary. One must be a peer-reviewed source. You may use tertiary sources, but they will not count toward your five (5) required sources. You may not use Wikipedia as a source

 

FORMAT

 

Margins: 1”

Font: 12-point Courier New or New Times Roman

Double-spaced

Paginated

 

Name, date, class section in upper left-hand corner of 1st page.

No cover sheets, please!

 

Description:

 

Using one of the techniques outlined in class and gleaned from the reading, write a 6 to 8 page position paper. You will use reasoned argument to justify your position on your topic.

Your paper should:

*Identify the issue or issues

*Establish a clear position

*Use a strong, refined thesis and central argument

*Use secondary and primary sources to support your argument

*Avoid asserting opinion without qualification

*Use logical transitions to guide the reader from thesis to conclusion

 

OBJECTIVES:

*Demonstrate competence with MLA format

*Incorporate information from sources into an essay

*Correctly format an MLA works cited page

*Practice research techniques and using library databases

*Organize an essay coherently using emphatic order