I’m working on a writing question and need a sample draft to help me understand better.
Hi please follow the prompt below. Please write 4 full pages MLA style and use reliable sources only and the sources I will provide. Feel free to choose one of the topics out of the 3 listed. They are random topics, but make it clear and follow the format provided to argue/persuade why. And of course, no plagiarism!
Please write a nicely detailed argumentation-persuasion ESSAY on your choice of ONE of the following topics.
- We should go to the Moon (and forget about going to Mars for now).
- We should go to Mars (and forget about going to the Moon for now).
- We should go to the Moon and then go to Mars.
For any of these topics, please conduct some research and cite and use at least three different sources. Of course, you may use outside sources or you may simply use the sources provided within the module). As with all arguments, you must support your perspective with detailed reasons, examples, and explanations. The usual formatting requirements apply.
- MLA style and format
- Length: 4-6 pages, not including a Works Cited page
- A Works Cited page
One last reminder. The sources you use must come from our module and/or your own research. Avoid unreliable or other “sketchy” sources. NOTE: Sources such as spark notes, monkey notes, shmoop, e-notes, wikipedia, and other essay-helping sites are simply not acceptable. Your grade on an assignment will be a ZERO if you cite or provide evidence from these types of sites. You will not be allowed to revise or rewrite an outline or essay that uses or cites any of these types of sources.
Here’s how it should look:
Title: (not just a label such as “argumentation essay”)
Thesis: (This should be one declarative sentence — a strong assertion/opinion — that states your topic and what you will attempt to prove/disprove about it).
Now, a couple of things to keep in mind.
- An argument may be structured very similarly to an exemplification (and much of an argument consists of explaining and providing supporting examples/proofs — just like in an exemplification essay). There really is no one “perfect way” to organize an argument.
- However, there are some pieces that must be included in an argument:
- A claim, which is what you’re trying to prove (that’s your thesis).
- A “concession” where you validate the opinion of your opponent. This shows some commonality between the two sides and respect for your opponent.
- A counterargument to your opponent’s point of view or proofs. Some writers choose to include a counterargument as part of the introduction. This is where you would state your opponent’s point of view/argument.
- A refutation/rebuttal, where you (nicely) disprove your opponent’s point of view/argument, show how it is wrong, and then go on to prove how your point of view/argument is right.
- Then you spend the rest of the paper proving that your side is superior.
- Typically, an argument ends with a “call to action” where you try to get the reader to do something after listening to your argument.
- Your essay should be 4+ pages in length PLUS a Works Cited page.
- Please cite at least three references, our text plus an additional outside source.
- Use MLA format, please.