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Argumentative Essay Assignment

In the world of education, an academic argument is not a knock-down, drag-out fight to the finish. Rather academic argument is more like a debate. It is sensible and rational. Therein, authors advance their topics with a point and support. Your task is to read and understand chapter 13 in your textbook. Annotate carefully. Then select a topic of your choice for your third person point of view argumentative essay. Thus far, some of your selected topics include:
TOPICS Include the following...
Age of Consent
Antibiotics
Competition
Fracking
Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)
Global Warming and Climate Change
Race Relations
Recycling
Road Rage
Technology
a. Our use of certain electronics tell others and the government too much about us (https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/live:bbc_radio_four_extra: start at 17:35 (time).
b. The wave of the future
c. Are people too dependent on technology?
d. The impact of social media
Stress
a. A social issue
b. Can be eliminated for better health
c. No such thing as good stress
Our President
a. Savior of America’s future
b. The man who will cause America’s downfall
Religion
a. A cause for war?
Fashion
a. What is its importance?
Working Moms
a. Should be given special privileges
b. Should be given more respect
c. Should be paid more than other women
Morality
a. Is torture acceptable?
b. Do paparazzi violate the private lives of celebrities?
c. Should people help the poor?
d. Is it moral to refuse to save someone’s life if there’s any risk to your own?
e. Death Penalty
Education
a. Is homework helpful
b. If compulsory homework is canceled, would children stop learning?
c. Are standardized tests a good way to evaluate someone’s knowledge?
d. Should schools use electronic textbooks to save paper?
Family
Should people undergo testing to become parents?
Is it irresponsible to have many children? (five or more)
Should women and men have different rights and responsibilities in spousal
relationships?
Other topic possibilities are ...
1. Abortion (narrow your focus)
2. Bacon as a National Dish
3. The Age at Which Children Should be Allowed Social Media Access
Additional topics can be found at: https://www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learningwriting-prompts.
Note: Any topic not listed above MUST be cleared with your instructor before you proceed.
Guidelines: The essay should be three (3) to five (5) pages in length, contain a developed thesis, proper grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure. You will select a topic and argue your point for, OR against and provide explanations of support. You must have at least three aspects of explanation, so think carefully about your chosen topic. Where do you stand? Why do you believe of disbelieve? What is the evidence? What does research say? You must provide an outline in class prior to the due date for review. Note that this is a research paper. You must use MLA format with a Works Cited page as the last page (examples are in D2L). Submit your essay via D2L to the ASSIGNMENTS folder by the stated due date.
NOTE: After you receive your response from Brainfuse, you must upload it to D2L
for credit

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