The Pros and Cons
Essay number 3 will help you evaluate sources and learn to incorporate them into your text.
For this essay assignment you will be writing an essay in which you will learn how to gather information to inform your reader. You must tell both sides of the story (pro and con) in an objective manner, much the like the articles written in respected newspapers. I have asked you in class discussions to pick a topic that you are interested in and that has some controversy. You may not use the now very overworked topics of abortion, religion, legalizing drugs, and the death penalty. All other topics are fair game.
The essay should include concrete specific details that support the main idea and a clear purpose or thesis. You may choose your own audience, but that audience should be stated in the Dear Reader letter so it is clear to the reader. You must use no more than five sources and no fewer than three sources in support of your research, one of which must be from the Internet.
The purpose of this assignment is to build on the skills that you have acquired from the past three assignments and also to work on essays that involve research or support of facts. You should become accustom to supporting your arguments and theories with scholars or authorities work. Considering audience and the best means of persuasion will be necessary for you as the next essay will build on this skill. Again we will work on thesis statements to prepare you for the final essay and in class exam. We will also work on citing sources and weaving your thoughts and opinions through the text.
Hints for writing your essay:
As always I want you take risks, be creative and imaginative, and explore. The essay may be serious or you may choose to amuse your audience.
Things to consider . . .
Be consistent - watch tone and diction. Dont stray from your thesis.
Details - remember to use lots of relevant details.
Remember to include a Works Cited page and to give intertextual citations to credit the author. Failure to do so is considered plagiarism.
Your essay should be about 5 to 6 pages, typed, double-spaced, with standard 1" margins all around, and please use a 12-point font size max.
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