Argument/Persuasion Essay (Baker Common Assessment)
Argument/Persuasive Essay (Baker Common Assessment)—Have you ever noticed the ways in which media present arguments? They often make a statement without providing valid support to their claim. A sound argument makes a claim and offers reasons and evidence in support of the claim. In addition, it acknowledges opposing viewpoints and refutes them. Characteristics of an argument include: • an arguable, clearly defined, and narrowed issue;
• a specific claim in a thesis;
• a careful audience analysis;
• reasons supported by convincing evidence; and
• an appeal to readers’ needs and values; and recognition of opposing views. Please follow the Baker Common Assessment Guidelines listed below: Each student researches and writes a paper using the argument pattern. Thus, in the paper the student states a position, supports the position with credible reasons and evidence, and considers opposing positions. The paper should contain an introductory paragraph that includes a precise thesis statement (the argument or position the student takes in the paper) and a conclusion. The paper should be a full three to four pages and in MLA format. The paper should be written in third person. The student’s research should be used to provide credible reasons and evidence in support of his/her position and to explain opposing positions. The student should incorporate at least three relevant, credible sources into the paper. At least two of the three sources should be scholarly articles found by using Collins Library databases. Wikis including Wikipedia.com and the textbook should not be used as sources. Sources must be properly and thoroughly documented using MLA format (i.e., in-text and Works Cited citations). Quotations, statistics, data, ideas, opinions, or any other information from any source should be properly attributed, cited, and punctuated or formatted.
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