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ENGL 1101 Randolph - For & Against Essay Research: Assignment

Persuasive Research Essay Assignment

It never hurts to have the assignment written in more than one place, right?


For & Against Essay

Instructions for your for and against argument:

Remember, your paper must be in MLA, five paragraph format, you must have a thesis statement and you must show both sides of the argument (those for it, those against it, then your stance). The essay is to be 800 words.

No first person in the essay!

Also, pick a viable argument-a hot topic in the news today!

If you need help with your thesis statement, call email or text!

Here is a great source for formatting your paper-

Here is the best source for your reference list-

General Format // Purdue Writing Lab

Please have at least three  references!

Take some time to give yourself a solid foundation to work with; you can begin to craft your essay. An argument essay should contain three parts: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. 

Remember, an argument has two sides; those for it, those against it, then your stance.

The best way to write this paper is to chose a topic (current controversial issue seen on CNN, Headline News...etc...), then in your intro:

Para 1, tell us about the topic (include your thesis statement), The thesis statement is the last sentence in your intro that will tell the reader what the next 3 paragraphs will be about.

Ex thesis: While gun control continues to be a hot topic, there are those who support gun control, those against gun control, and the author will share his stance on gun control.

Para 2 will only discuss those for,

Para 3, tell those against it,

Para 4, tell your stance,

Para 5, conclude it all, re-state your thesis.

Please have a reference list and cite in-text. I will be checking for plagiarism.

If you need assistance, feel free to email text or call!

800 words, MLA format, works cited list.