Below is the working guidelines for the Argument Essay for my English 1101 class.


PURPOSEThe purpose of this assignment is to take a stance on an argument and present your argument logically.
SKILLS: You will be expected to identify your audience, demonstrate a understanding of finding and incorporating research into your paper, and structuring a clear and logical argument.
OUTCOMES: Upon completing this assignment, you will be able to effectively identify what a logical argument looks like and how to logically and respectively present an argument in a paper.
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TASKIn teams of two (2), you will selecting a low-stakes topic to argue. You will each pick a side of the argument, and work together to research your topics. You will then compose a 1,500-2,000 word Argument Paper that argues your stance and includes a counter argument and rebuttal (which will essentially be your partner’s argument). In your Argument Paper, you will complete the following tasks:
1. Identify the low-stakes topic that you are arguing. You may select from the list provided or select a similar topic, but all topics must be approved by the professor.
2. Working with your partner, you will research your topic to build a case for your argument.
3. Introduce your topic and stake your claim. Your thesis statement should identify your stance on the topic.
4. Back up your argument with logical claims supported by analyzed research.
5. Present the counter argument to your stance (which will essentially be the argument that your partner is making) and state the rebuttal to it.
6. Conclude your Argument Paper by summarizing the points you have made and connecting them to your stance on the argument.
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Criteria for SuccessA Successful Argument Paper will include the following:
-An introduction that introduces your topic and provides any necessary background information.
*Consider audience when determining what background information is necessary. You should assume your audience is fairly knowledgeable on your topic, but not an expert.
-A clear, concise thesis statement that does not exceed one sentence and identifies your stance and supporting points on your argument.
-A well-organized body that provides claims to support your argument backed by analyzed research from 1-2 sources.
-Clear transitions between paragraphs and connections to points as well as the overall thesis statement.
-Proper MLA citations for your sources, including meaningful quotes and paraphrases of main ideas that back up your argument.
*Do not include quotes or paraphrases just to include them. You should be citing relevant information and analyzing its relevance to your claim.
-A counterargument that clearly and respectfully identifies the opposing point of view and a rebuttal.
-A clear conclusion that includes a summary of your main points as well as a restated thesis statement and final thoughts on your argument.
-A Works Cited page that follows MLA formatting and cites all sources used in your paper.
-Proper MLA formatting that includes a header, a title, page numbers, etc.
-Meets but does not exceed 1,500-2,000 words.
-Reflects your own thoughts and ideas on your argument.
-Demonstrates a growth in understanding of grammar, punctuation, and other writing conventions from previous papers.

Example Argument
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