The Argumentative Paper is here at last! In this paper, find an argument that appeals to you in
One way or another, take a position on it, and explain in this five-page paper. While you are
allowed to choose the topic for the argumentative paper, I retain the right of Professorial Veto. If
I believe you have chosen a topic that is too biased, too overdone, or one that just isn’t really
doable in terms of source availability, then you must pick another topic.
For this paper, you must be considerate to both sides of the issue, even though you must take a
side and argue that stance. Papers that hedge or take a “Both sides have good points” thesis are
not going to pass. You must pick a side, and you must stick to that side throughout the paper,
even as you explore the opponent’s side of the argument.
Due to the opinionated nature of this assignment, I expect a certain amount of opinion in this
paper. My rule about 1 st and 2 Nd person pronouns stands firm, however. You can state a case
without using the words “I think,” etc., etc. And although you are allowed your own opinions in
this paper, and are able to freely voice them, keep in mind that I expect politeness throughout
this assignment. Papers that contain hate speech, unmitigated fury, or distasteful language will be
marked down. As college students, I expect all of you to be polite and respectful to your
Opponents throughout writing this paper.
5 pages in length
Both sides must be accurately portrayed in this paper (no straw man rhetoric)
At least one or two paragraphs that accurately describe your opponent’s side and why
They believe as they do
Clear, strong thesis
5-7 reliable sources (no Wikipedia; no sources that are extremely biased). At least one or
Two of these sources must be from an opposing side!
Paper Topics that will automatically get a Professorial Veto because they are overdone and you
are so much smarter than this:
Whether or not we should lower the drinking age/smoking age/driving age
Who would make a better president, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump
Due: Thursday, October 26 via Blackboard
BEFORE TURNING IN YOUR PAPER, HAVE YOU:
Written and signed the honor code?
Double-checked OWL Purdue to make sure your Works Cited is current?
Spelled your name and your professor’s name correctly?
Made sure your paper is in Times New Roman font, size 12, and not some other, lesser
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