The purpose of this essay is to disagree with a writer on a contemporary issue, and then to convince your reader of a contrary position. You will research your subject using academic sources so that you may knowledgeably refute the premise of his or her essay. As you are writing, think of your audience as extending beyond just me, the teacher, to include your classmates, a newspaper readership, and the author him- or herself. Persuade us carefully, using critical thinking to convey the logic behind your argument. In grading this essay, I will look in particular for an “irresistible” introduction carefully describing a scene or object (CDSO) or hypothetical situation. Final Draft Requirements: • At least 7 full pages, formatted in Word as a .doc or .docx • Reference to at least four academic sources using correct MLA format—essays submitted without any academic sources will not receive a passing grade • YOU WILL NOT USE ANY GENERAL INTERNET SOURCES FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT • Typed in 12-point standard font and double-spaced with one-inch margins–see MLA Essay Format (8th Edition) • An irresistible introduction • A strong, arguable, carefully-worded thesis that disagrees with the argument of a published writer, making reference to the writer him- or herself before moving on to state your position. Example: ″Although Herbert Rivera firmly believes in ′charter schools as a route to specialization′ [his thesis], it is clear that charter schools are discriminatory [your thesis].″ • Persuasive support using your academic sources • Edited and proofread (typos/ carelessness will reduce your grade) • Include a link to the original database article when you submit the rough draft • Give your essay a title Write about something that interests you!
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