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Assignment guide for English 1101 taught by Brent Schnee during the Fall 2011 semester.

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English 1101

CRN #80514

Instructor: Brent Schnee



The fifth essay is a position essay: it must take a stance on a topic (explain its author's position for or against something, such as a policy, value, definition, etc.). In essence, your opinion will be stated as fact. You must then support your opinion with outside evidence (i.e. research).


·       Name, CRN#, Assignment, due date, and instructor name in the upper right-hand corner

·       12 pt font, Times New Roman, double spaced (fonts other than Times New Roman will now count against you)

·       Title (the lack of a title will now count against you)

·       500 words minimum

·       Essays must be submitted in hard copy (printed) at the beginning of class.

·       You are required to have at least two (2) sources for your works cited page.

·       Due date is Tuesday, November 8th.


The goal of this essay is to argue or persuade a point of view on a topic of your choosing. The topic does not have to be controversial or even well-known, but thorough, intelligent discussion is expected.


  • Be careful of your chosen topic. Broad topics such as capital punishment, gun control, and abortion are allowed, but keep in mind this is an argumentative essay, and you will have to address every aspect of your topic.
  • Successful arguments are successful by keeping both the audience and the topic focused. If you find you have too much to say/cover, chances are, it is because the topic is too broad.
  • Don’t forget about the strategies for dealing with opposing opinions. If there are holes in your argument, then they will count against you (as they will be underdeveloped)!
  • Keep in mind your audience. What kind of appeal(s) will best serve your argument?
  • Be careful of generalized statements. This is an argumentative paper, backed up by fact. Incorrect information, unfounded assumptions, and generalizations will hurt your paper and damage your credibility as a writer.


Have a rough draft prepared and printed out for peer review on Tuesday, November 1st.


*NOTE: Grading will be stricter on this essay and all following essays. A “U” for any criteria on the rubric will result in a 0 (zero) for the respective category: Structure, Style, Development, or Mechanics. Time to step up the proofreading!


If you have any questions, either about the paper or in general, please feel free to e-mail me at and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

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