English 028, Section 0216 Essay # 1: Argument

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English 028, Section 0216

Essay # 1: Argument

Choose ONE topic for your essay:
1. In his essay “The Fear of Losing a Culture,” Richard Rodriguez states, “We will change America even as we will be changed.” Argue that people who have immigrated to the United States of America from another culture have been changed and have changed America.
2. In his essay, “Public and Private Language,” Richard Rodriguez argues against bilingual education. Are you for or against bilingual education. Why?
Your essay should demonstrate the following:
 A clear essay organization

 350-500 words (about a page and a half to two pages).

 A title

 An introductory paragraph

 A thesis that clearly states your argument. Include the subtopics in your thesis.

 Two-three body paragraphs with the main points

 Personal and textual evidence for the body paragraphs

Reference (direct and/or indirect) from at least two different sources (see note on


 Well-transitioned topic sentences at the beginning of each body paragraph

 Clear transitions between ideas

 ****Consideration and rebuttal of at least one alternative viewpoint.

 A concluding paragraph

 At least two textual sources with one quote from each source included in your paper to back or refute your opinion.

 Correct in-text parenthetical citations

 A Works Cited Page

 MLA format

Correct grammar, punctuation and mechanics

Bring three copies for peer editing on 9/24/2013. Underline or highlight your thesis on one of the copies. The peer-editing draft must be at least a page and a half, and it must be typed.

Turn in the essay at the beginning of the class on the due day: 9/26/2013. Each packet MUST be stapled in this order: Finished paper (the paper you want me to grade), peer sheet, peer papers, drafts, prewriting and scrap, copies of research. If the packet is too big to staple, you must staple each part and turn them in a letter size manila envelope.

 PURPOSE: The purpose of your argument is to persuade the reader to think a specific way. You will present your OPINION on the chosen subject and support that opinion with POINTS.

 ESSAY STRUCTURE: This essay must have a title, an introductory paragraph, two or three body paragraphs that support the thesis, and a concluding paragraph. In each body paragraph, you’ll need to offer sufficient support for your points in an organized fashion.

 THESIS STATEMENT: In your thesis, present your unifying element (central opinion) and two or three subtopics. The thesis must be one complete sentence, placed at the end of the introduction.
SAMPLE THESIS for an argument essay:

Law-enforcement agents should not take action based on race alone because racial profiling is arbitrary, humiliating, and intimidating.

Writer’s unifying element (central opinion):

Law-enforcement agents should not take action based on race alone.

Writer’s three subtopics:

(1) “Arbitrary”

(2) “Humiliating”

(3) “Intimidating”

 ESSAY DEVELOPMENT: Each of your body paragraphs should develop one subtopic, in the same order you listed the subtopics in your thesis. Begin each body paragraph with a topic sentence (transition + unifying element + one subtopic (you may not have a transition in the topic sentence of the first body paragraph). Then support the topic sentence supporting ideas (optional) and with plenty of specific evidence: facts, statistics, statements from authorities, examples, and personal stories.

SOURCES and CITATIONS: At least TWO outside sources from your text, the Internet, magazines, journals, and/or newspapers. Avoid using encyclopedias and dictionaries in the essay. Cite all sources with in-text citations and a Works Cited page.

 CONCLUSION: End your entire essay with a concluding paragraph. The conclusion can show the broader significance of your subject—how it relates to the world at large or to your own life. You may suggest a solution to a problem raised in the essay or offer a prediction for the future.

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