Choose Your Own Topic–Identify a Controversial Issue
An appropriate topic for the argumentative essay should be one that
Interests you is neither too broad nor too narrow is open to controversy and is not already overly argued by other people.
Make sure your topic interests you.
Whatever topic you choose it should be something that interests you something that you feel strongly about something that you’re passionate about. If it’s an argument that affects you and that you have personal experience about it will be easier for you to build your ethos with personal experience.
Make sure your topic is neither too broad nor too narrow.
A topic like presidential campaigns might be too big for you to handle in a few pages. In contrast the use of scare tactics in presidential campaign ads might be easier to handle. In a similar way advertising sounds vague and broad while truth in advertising is more focused. On the other hand too narrow topics are those that deal with trivial topics that your readers are not likely to be interested in.
Make sure your topic is controversial.
A controversial topic is one that people have different opinions about. For example the illegitimacy of thefts is not a controversial topic while the appropriate punishment for first-
Time theft offenders is a more controversial one. Similarly the harmful effects of smoking is not really a topic of controversy but heavy taxation on cigarettes might be.
Make sure other people do not already overly argue your topic.
Topics such as abortion or the death penalty might yield easy arguments but they have been argued so much that it’s very hard to come up with anything new to say about them. Unless you have something really unique and original to contribute to such topics I’d strongly recommend that you avoid such topics.
Topics which should not appear as subject matter for this essay: abortion capital punishment and legalizing marijuana.
Choosing a good topic is not easy and it’s critical for a good argumentative essay.
An argument essentially contains a central claim (your thesis) backed up by several supporting claims which are further supported by concrete evidence–examples other people’s opinions etc. This argumentative essay not only will involve sound logical reasoning but may also include some of the other techniques you’ve learned and used in the previous essays: narration description and analysis. One thing to keep in mind is that since you’re making an argument on a controversial issue there’s always the other side. It’s vitally important that you address the other side if you want to present a fair and convincing argument.
Write a classical argument supporting your position about controversial topic. The outline for the essay has been posted via link on Blackboard!
Ethos Pathos and Logos
A good argumentative essay may be supported by a balanced use of ethos pathos and logos. Although you don’t have to use each persuasive approach in your essay keep in mind that without ethos your essay will not carry credibility; without pathos it won’t have effective emotional affect; and without logos you might not necessarily expect your audience to buy into your argument. You may need to think about which persuasive approach would be more convincing for your audience.
Sources At minimum three sources (credible or academic) should be used to write your essay.
Your audience for the argumentative essay will be people who are relatively familiar with the issue in question. They may or may not have a preconceived idea or argument on the issue but most likely they do.
Please follow the following guidelines carefully. Length- minimum 3 pages double spaced Format- 12 point Times New RomanMLA Format
Your essay will be graded primarily though not exclusively on the following: Ideas/Choice of topic/ArgumentDevelopmentOrganization
Audience MLA format Grammar and Mechanics