The book Current Issues and Enduring

For this essay you are using two sources, two essays from our textbook : Current Issues and Enduring Questions . You might choose one to support your argument and one to refute opposing arguments. They must be on the same topic. The course textbook, Current Issues and Enduring Questions, presents two sides on several interesting argumentative issues.
Essay requirements are 2 to 2 1/2 pages, standard 12 point font, such as Times New Roman, and formatted in MLA style. To see how to format your essay check out the Sample MLA Essay w/Two Sources + Works Cited in the Course Resources Folder for Week 2.
Here’s how to set up your essay:
(Note: Although you are not required to develop an outline before you write your essay, it is a good method for organizing your ideas.)
I. First Paragraph
A. Introduce your topic – Let’s say your topic is gay marriage; you might write something very general, such as noting that recently there has been a lot of debate over the issue of gay marriage.
B. Summarize issue on both sides. In other words, summarize the first essay you have chosen from the textbook; then summarize the second essay you have chosen from the textbook, one for, one against. Make sure you introduce the authors and titles of both essays. Place essay titles in quotes.
C. At the very end of this first paragraph lead into your thesis. Take a clear stand and overview three reasons to support your position. In other words, where do you stand on this issue and why?
II. Second Paragraph
Develop the first reason from your thesis. Then incorporate quotes and/or paraphrases from one or both of the essays. You may use quotes and/or paraphrases to illustrate points of agreement or to refute opposing points. Source information must be surrounded within the context of your voice and properly documented in MLA style. Do not fill up an entire paragraph with quotes and/or paraphrases; your voice should dominate. Use source information wisely and sparingly.

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III. Third Paragraph
Transition to the second reason from your thesis. Then incorporate quotes and/or paraphrases from one or both of the essays. You may use quotes and/or paraphrases to illustrate points of agreement or to refute opposing points. Source information should be surrounded within the context of your voice and properly documented in MLA style.
IV. Fourth Paragraph
Transition to the third and final point from your thesis. Then incorporate quotes and/or paraphrases from one or both of the essays. You may use quotes and/or paraphrases from one or both of the essays to illustrate points of agreement or to refute opposing points. Source information must be surrounded within the context of your voice and properly documented in MLA style.
V. Fifth Paragraph – Conclusion
Reinforce your thesis statement. Remind your audience why your argument is a good one. You might want to refer back to something from the summary in your introduction paragraph. Or, you might conclude with a plea for some action to be taken or for more attention to be given to the issue. Do not introduce additional points; simply reinforce the support you used for your thesis. Regardless of how familiar you may be with your chosen topic, you need to document all source information in the body and in the Works Cited.
Note: Don’t forget to include a Works Cited at the very end of your essay. Please do not use the “Lifeboat Ethics” essay for your paper.

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