Good Habits for Writers
1. Did I begin this essay on the day it was assigned?
2. Did I ask questions about part of the assignment I did not understand?
3. Did I work at least twelve hours on this paper?
4. Did I bring drafts of this essay to class when requested?
5. Did I have another person read my draft?
6. Did I proofread my draft in stages rather than all at once?
Essay Submission Checklist
□ Follows correct MLA format (see the end of the MLA section of A Writer’s Reference for what your final draft should look like): make sure to include a cover page, but you do not need an abstract
□ Has made use of the required reading and additional research
□ Shows evidence that evidence from the reading has been carefully selected
□ Contains citations and a correctly formatted works cited or references page
□ Has a title of my own creation (the essay should not be called “Argumentative Essay”)
□ Is at least four to five pages long (not counting the references page)
□ Has been proofread for at least two hours before submission Argumentative Essay
Why Write this Assignment?
The ability to persuade others through the use of logic, and appeals to emotions and character, along with evidence from sources, is a skill you will use in an academic setting, but also in work and political settings. However, this is not a natural skill—it needs to be practiced through participating in debates and writing papers like this one.
Format and length requirements:
For this assignment, you should write at least five pages. In all other respects, follow MLA format on your paper’s final draft—this includes using in text citations and a works cited page. Also, your essay needs to be double spaced, use 12 point Times New Roman font, and it should look like the example paper at the end of the of the MLA section of A Writer’s Reference.
Read “Can We Be Happy?” by Kathleen O’Dwyer which can be found at http://philosophynow.org/issues/80/Can_We_Be_Happy
In her essay O’Dwyer explains the concept of happiness that the philosopher Bertrand Russell came up with. Do you tend to agree or disagree with this conception of what it means to be happy?
In your response to the question, you need to cite specific examples from the reading; you also need to provide specific examples from your own experience that support the arguments you make.
Your paper’s structure should follow the outline format attached to this essay assignment.
The best way to start this assignment is to read the essay by O’Dwyer and use the rhetorical reading tools found in the essay “Finding Your Way In: Invention as Inquiry Based Learning in First Year Writing” by Steven Lessner and Collin Craig.
Using Information from Sources:
You may use direct quotes from the reading, but try to use direct quotes of two or fewer lines—and try to limit yourself to only one or two direct quotes per paragraph. Instead of directly quoting longer pieces of information, use summaries instead.
This essay should not end up sounding like a list of unconnected facts. You want to provide transitions that connect its paragraphs and show how its ideas connect to one another.
Also, this essay is an argument. You need to take a specific position on this issue.
I am your audience.
How Will this Paper Be Evaluated?
I will pass out a rubric for the assignment.
Here are all of the due dates for all parts of this assignment:
Significant amounts of prewriting are due Tuesday, Februrary19th and Thursday, February 21st
Five typed rough drafts, which should be at least two-and-a-half pages long are due on Tuesday, February 26th
Five typed drafts (you must bring at least five pages to get full credit) for the Critique are due on Tuesday, March 5th (5 points)
The final draft is due to...
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