Is an academic argument a knock-down, drag-out fight to the finish? Is it an emotional rant? No! Rather academic argument is more like a debate. It is sensible and rational. Therein, authors advance their topics with a point and support.
Text authors Kirszner and Mandell define argumentation as, “a process of reasoning that asserts the soundness of a debatable position, belief, or conclusion” (523). Thus, the writer must know where he or she stands and provide sufficient, supporting evidence in order to win the opposition. Author of "Writing Situations," Sidney Dobrin, indicates that when one argues in writing, on “take[s] a position and justifies] it” (291). Some form of argument is all around us, Dobrin states. We make a case for (explain and justify) what we buy or wear, programs we watch, who we will vote for in upcoming elections, and the like.
Your task is to read and understand chapter 14, Argumentation. Annotate carefully. Then select from one (1) of the following topics for your argumentative essay:
Additional topics can be found at: http://www.midway.edu/library/topics. Note: Any topic not listed above MUST be cleared with your instructor before you proceed.
Guidelines: The essay should be five (5) to nine (9) paragraphs 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. Submit your essay via D2L to the ASSIGNMENTS folder by the stated due date.
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