Apply classical rhetoric to your argumentative essay..
Argumentative Research Essay
General Guidelines & Specific Information:
Apply classical rhetoric to your argumentative essay.
Please check the Canvas due dates and page for when the research essay and relevant materials are due.
This is the largest assignment of the semester. Each student is required to meet all of the above requirements in sequential order to receive a passing grade on this assignment. This means that you must complete the formal outline, before being allowed to submit an annotated bibliography. You are required to submit the annotated bibliography, before being allowed to submit the rough draft. You are required to submit the rough draft, before being allowed to submit the final draft. Each student is required to complete every step of this process, and of course, if you do, it makes the process much easier and less daunting.
You are required to submit the Essay: Formal Outline and complete this outline. Some revisions may be required if your topic does not meet the criteria or your outline does not meet the requirements.
You are required to submit the VeriCite: Formal Outline.
You are required to submit the Essay: Annotated Bibliography.
You are required to submit the VeriCite: Annotated Bibliography.
You are required to submit the Essay: Rough Draft. This rough draft will be graded and commented on just like the final draft. You will be given an opportunity to revise this rough draft, but the grade for your rough draft will count.
You are required to submit to VeriCite: Rough Draft.
You are required to submit the Essay: Final Draft.
You are required to submit to VeriCite: Final Draft.
You are required to have a works cited page. You are required to use at least 5 outside sources from the Delgado Library Databases. A minimum of 2 sources must be scholarly articles.
All of the 5 minimum number of sources must come from the Delgado Library Databases.
You are required to have a counter-argument.
There is a 1200 word count minimum for this essay. The works cited page is not included in the word count. Any student who does not meet the minimum word count will not receive a passing grade.
An essay with major grammatical errors will not pass.
You must follow MLA Style, 8th edition, for in-text citations and the works cited page.
No more than one block quote may be used and the essay can be no more than 15% direct quotes. Do not overly rely on quotations. Summarize and paraphrase as much as you want.
The essasy will be graded according to the College Essay Rubric.
Argumentative Essay Format
This is an argumentative research essay, meaning you will take a position on a debatable topic and support your position using various argumentative strategies discussed throughout the semester. You will formulate your own argument and then use outside sources to bolster your position.
Sample MLA Research Essays can be found:
Student Sample Essay – Mobile Tech Cellular Stranger Danger (A).docx
Student Sample Essay (with comments) – College is Worth the Money (B+).pdf
Student Sample (Graded Rubric) College is Worth the Money (B+).docx
Student Sample Essay (with comments) – College is not Worth the Money (C).pdf
Student Sample (Graded Rubric) – College is not Worth the Money (C).docx
Classical Argument Format
This is the structure of a classical argument. If you write a classical argument, your paper should contain the following:
This will be a standard introductory paragraph(s) that introduces the topic and the position that you plan to take on the topic. It should grab the reader’s attention and set the tone for the entire paper. You can use several introductory strategies. You must have a hook, grab the reader’s attention, and clarify the topic you will be discussing. This may be longer than just one paragraph.
This is your position statement, the argument you are making in the essay. You can present your thesis statement wherever you feel it works best—at the end of the introductory information, after the background information, before or after your counter-argument. It is your choice.
You should provide your readers with relevant background information necessary for understanding the position being argued. You may include background information at the beginning of the paper and anywhere else that you need to provide context for a point you are making.
Reasons and Evidence
This is where you provide support for your thesis statement, the meat of your essay. You will present reasons to support your thesis and then provide evidence to support these reasons. Devote one or two paragraphs for each reason and be sure to provide critical evidence to substantiate the reasons you are providing. You should find your evidence through your research efforts.
Counter-Argument & Refutation
When presenting an argument, you must discuss the opposing position’s reasons and evidence and offer a refutation. This refutation assures that you are aware of the opposition’s point of view. This refutation will be in its own paragraph, which can immediately precede the conclusion paragraph or it can immediately follow the introductory paragraph. If you present your counter argument following the introductory paragraph, your thesis can fall at the end of this paragraph.
This paragraph logically concludes the entire essay. It is your last hurrah, your last chance to wow the audience.