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Argument Essay Assignment
Argument Essay Assignment
For this assignment, you will write a 1,000 – 1,250 word argument essay on one of the following topics, using the criteria for an argument essay discussed in Step #1. Balance your essay with an appropriate mix of logos and pathos. Develop a trustworthy
ethos through a fair-minded approach and a well-written essay. I know this will be contrary to how many of you approach a persuasive topic, but there are to be no outside sources used on this essay. Read the sample essay carefully to see what this looks like.
College sports is big business. College student-athletes potentially bring in millions of dollars for their colleges, universities, and coaching staff every year.
Indeed, the highest-paid member of any university is likely not to be the professor of the year or even the college president, but the football coach. Some people argue that, given the athletes’ restriction on employment, that they should be given a stipend or even be paid members of the university staff. Others argue that paying student-athletes devalues the concept of what it means to be a student athlete. In an essay to be read by a college and university level audience, argue for or against paying college athletes for the services that they render for the university and the communities in which they live.
There is some controversy
over whether or not American students should be required to take foreign language classes in school. Some believe that English will be the universal language, so the need for Americans to learn foreign languages is wasted time that could be spent on other material that needs to be taught and learned. Others argue that knowing more than one language will be necessary for economic survival in the future in addition to the many educational benefits in studying another language.
an essay to be read by elementary and high school curriculum designers,
argue for or against requiring students to take foreign language classes. Your purpose is to persuade your reader to agree with your position regarding foreign language instruction.
You may email me to suggest your own topic. Criteria for a good argument topic include originality of idea and whether or not the topic can be covered in a relatively brief space. Do not suggest topics that have
been overdone. For example, no proposals on gun control, abortion, death penalty, childhood obesity, vaccinations, or anything dealing with
marijuana. Be more original. If you want to suggest your own topic, consider a more local topic, even something dealing with Brookhaven or your local community. And do not wait until the last minute if you wish to suggest your own topic.
Avoid using the first person pronoun in this essay unless you are sharing a personal story or anecdote to illustrate or develop a point. There’s simply no reason to have “I think that,” “I believe that,” or, heaven forbid, “I feel that” constructions present in this essay unless you share a pointed and necessary personal story that is relevant to the topic.
Similarly, avoid using the 2nd person pronoun (“you”). It’s too informal and accusatory.
The paper should be at least 1,000 words. Please, do not neglect this requirement.
Your paper should follow standard MLA format for document design. View the sample argument essay or another online resource for proper MLA formatting.
An excessive number of mechanical errors (typically more than five, including misspelled words)
will result in automatic failure of the essay. In addition to the resources provided by Brookhaven, there are also numerous helpful websites that offer refreshers in basic grammar. Remember that you are college students! We do not teach you the basics of English grammar. You
are expected to demonstrate basic competence and to remedy any deficiencies on your own time. Brookhaven now offers online tutoring as well, so there is really no excuse not to get feedback on your writing before the due date.