For Paper #4 you will write a researched argument essay that addresses an issue related to the U.S. Judicial and/or prison system. Think about the documentary films weve watched (Into the Abyss13th The Farm etc.) about any direct or indirect experiences you may have had any discussions you may have engaged in (in personal as well as academic settings) any material you may have read (in and out of school) including the readings I assigned. Decide on a topic that interests you and devise a corresponding issue. The issue should be sufficiently complex something debatable.
Your paper shall be 10 pages typed double-spaced. It shall include proper source citations (in-text citations work cited page).
Follow these steps as you construct your paper:
1. Read what experts have already said about the issue.
2. Examine the various dimensions of the issue by analyzing and evaluating the experts arguments to determine which are the most convincing which are reasonable but not terribly convincing and which are flawed.
3. Articulate a thesis expressing your own position.
4. Discover solid reasons to support your thesis.
5. Return to the sources (research) to extract evidence you will use to back up each of your reasons.
Ways to support your reasons:
Based on a similarity to something that happened in the past.
Based on a similar case.
Based on a hypothetical situation.
Points of interest
Statements testimony or other relevant information from acknowledged authorities.
Personal experience (be sure the experience relates directly to the reason you are developing).
6. Summarize alternative views and reasonable objections to your argument.
7. Respond tactfully to these alternative views.
8. Structure your essay (for this essay I ask that you follow the following structure):
Visual Essay Select 5 images that represent your perception of the U. S. Judicial and/or prison system. Assemble these into a 1-page collage. Accompany your collage of images with a 1-2 paragraph discussion of the story your visual text/visual compilation tells.
Part I is worth 25% of your overall grade.
Part II is worth 20% of you overall grade.