Paper #3: Creating your Own Argument
Choose only one option.
For this assignment, you will enter the conversation on higher education by creating your own argumentresponding to one of the two options below. Each of the two options is broad. You must find a way to narrow your focus and then find two articles from our book that you can pull in to support your argument and/or use as naysayers.
Prompt 1: In the 21st what can colleges do to help students graduate and have successful careers and lives? Don’t create a list of things colleges an do. Focus on a specific need students have and think about what came up in our readings.
You must support your argument with at least two and no more than three sourcesfrom the “Is College the Best Option” section of They Say/I Say as well as the Sara Goldrick-Rab and Barack Obama articles or the TSIS Blog. Do not use any other sources. Use actual articles and not the introduction to the section in the book. Use the templates and techniques from the chapters.
Prompt 2: In the 21st century should everyone go to college? Why or Why not? You must support your argument with at least two and no more than three sourcesfrom the “Is College the Best Option” section of They Say/I Say as well as the SaraGoldrick-Rab andBarackObama articlesor the TSIS Blog. Use actual articles and not theintroduction to the section in the book.Do not use any other sources.
Use the templates and techniques from the chapters.
Your paper will:
Bring in information from the readings using techniques from Chapters 1, 2, and 3.
Respond using the techniques from Chapters 3, 4, and 5.
Utilize the information and techniques in Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. We’ll practice and cover these specific areas as we move through the drafting and revision process.
Be in MLA format. See the Sample MLA Paper on Blackboard.
Keep in mind:
Your task is not as simple as agreeing or disagreeing with one of the authors we’ve read. Rather, you need to figure out for yourself what colleges can do to support 21stcentury students OR whether in the 21stcentury everyone should go to college and then support your point of view effectively.
Review what the various authors have to say on the topic you chose. Make sure you understand and can summarize their arguments. Then think about whether you agree or disagree with their positions and why. How do their ideas influence your own point of view? Mark passages that reinforce your ideas?in agreement or disagreement?as you read. Choose at least two and no more than three articles from the text that you would like to use to support your argument or to use as opposition to your argument.
Make connections between the various sources you use. Do they agree or disagree with each other?
Finally bring these ideas together to form your argument and your thesis. Your thesis in this argument should summarize the point you want to make in your paper, the conclusion you want your reader to reach with you, the goal you hope to accomplish.
Each of your body paragraphs should clearly help you prove/support your argument. Don’t forget about the sandwich method and the templates from the textbook. Use quotations to define terms and concepts and to offer examples of those ideas that reinforce your position.
Be sure to add your own ideas to support your position.
Be sure to include naysayers/skeptics (Chapter 6) and make your topic matter (Chapter 7).
It’s fine to use sources you’ve used before, but you may not go back to Paper 1 or Paper 2 and copy sentences and sections you’ve already written. Doing so is a form of plagiarism. You must create a new paper for Paper 3.
Your critical thinking and support scores will depend on your fulfillment the goals of the assignment and use of the terms and techniques from the chapters.
This week, review the articles and do some notetaking and prewriting. Review your notes and annotations. You must do prewriting to complete this paper successfully.
Use the planning sheet and outline format for your paper.
Sources: 2 articles total, no more than 3, and all must come from our book or the blog.
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