Classical Argument

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English 101
Spring 2013

Homework for Monday, 2/11: argument

Read:
QAC 330-338 on research papers and 345-358 on sources

Write:
A 3-page argumentative essay that follows the template for the “classical argument” on QAC page 87.

This means that your first paragraph will include a thesis statement that “sets the stage” for your paper by clearly laying out the argument and your position.

The next few paragraphs will provide the reader with proof that backs up your position. When you address a new proof, make sure you start a new paragraph.

Towards the end of your paper, offer the “rebuttal,” or what opponents to your position might argue. Think of this section as “some people say that W, because of X and Y, but they are wrong because Z.”

For the conclusion (which should not begin with the words “in conclusion,” by the way), you should “tie a bow” on your paper by summarizing the argument, elaborating on its significance, and/or suggesting a solution to the problem(s) you’ve presented.

Your argument should address this topic: the benefits of a college education. Your paper can take any position you like; in other words, your paper can argue that a college education is entirely beneficial and provide several reasons to back up that claim, or you can argue that a college education is not worth the expense and provide several reasons to back up that claim. No matter what you choose to argue, you must take a stand one way or the other – do not merely discuss the issue, but argue your position.

PLEASE BRING IN TWO HARD COPIES OF THIS PAPER ON MONDAY, 2/11 SO THAT WE CAN PEER REVIEW THEM.

Please title the your file with your first name and “argument.” So if I was emailing myself this assignment, the name of my file would be:

Suzanne argument.doc
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