Developing an effective argument essay

This assignment is to assist you in developing an effective argument essay. For this assignment, you will develop a two-page outline (one sheet of paper, back and front, to include the Works Cited) that you will take with you to the Testing Center so that you can work from them as you write the midterm exam. NOTE: You may NOT take a rough draft of the essay or copies of the articles with you to the Testing Center; therefore, please include in your outline all paraphrases or quotations from your sources that you believe you may need in writing your midterm. However, please note that your outline should not be more than two pages, because you will only be allowed to have one sheet (filled out back and front) at the testing center or for ProctorU, if you use that option for the exam. Directions Develop a formal topic sentence outline. (Review the information in the Writing Resources for Unit 2.) Include the following in your outline: Write the prompt at the top of the outline: Will allowing guns on college campuses make them safer? Provide a clear thesis statement that responds to the prompt. Develop three support paragraphs about your viewpoint. Include an opposing argument paragraph (counterargument and refutation). Start each paragraph with a topic sentence. Include supporting evidence under each topic sentence (in the form of a quotation, paraphrase, or summary that you plan to use to support the point you are making). Be sure to cite from at least FOUR of the assigned sources. (See Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab handout on Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing if you need help.) Include MLA-formatted in-text citations for each quote/paraphrase. Add a few ideas for your conclusion. Add your works cited page to the outline. Refer to the Owl at Purdue site if you need help. (Note: Your citations need to fit at the end of outline on the second page.) Submit your outline as a file upload. After you receive my feedback and make any desired changes, print a copy of your outline to take with you to the exam. You may NOT bring an essay draft with you to the testing center — only the outline which includes the thesis statement, main points, supporting quotes/paraphrases, and Works Cited. Purpose This assignment requires you to organize your thesis and supporting evidence prior to writing a paper. Creating a thesis and an outline enables you to clarify and collate your thoughts, strengthen and structure your argument, gather support for your argument, and cite your sources. Grading I will grade the assignment based on the clarity and focus of your thesis statement, strength of your points, relevant evidence, and accurate citations.

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