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Argumentative/Persuasive Essay Writing Assignment: Assignment

Research Project

Argumentative/Persuasive Essay Writing Assignment


Assignment due dates and point values:

Finished essay must be submitted to by 11/25 at noon for 100 possible points.


Write a 600-800 word essay in MLA format that argues an opposing viewpoint to any one of the essays we have read this term. You must re-read the essay, consider the argument the author makes, and then find your own research to document the opposing view.

Your essay must be written in formal, academic language. That means you will use a more formal vocabulary, eliminate contractions like “it’s” and “he’s.” You will not use first or second person.

You must find three sources to help support your argument. These must be credible sources accessible through Galileo. You may not use unpublished websites that are not available through Galileo. When you evaluate your sources, you must make the decision on whether or not that source is credible for your paper. Making that decision is part of the assignment.

Your paper must contain quotes and paraphrases that support your argument. These must be introduced properly in the text of your paper using attributive tags and parenthetical citations.

The last page of your paper must be a Works Cited page formatted properly in MLA format.



  • Use our Friendly Neighborhood Librarian!
  • Skim all of the essays to see which one appeals to you. When you select the one you want to write about, read it closely, annotating as you go.
  • Spend some time making notes, prewriting, and listing the points you plan to argue.
  • Provoke an argument with a friend about this topic. See if that friend has a different viewpoint, or if they will play devil’s advocate with you. If you challenge your own viewpoint, you will be able to develop your argument more clearly.
  • Avoid logical fallacies.
  • Cite your sources in MLA style—always.
  • Do not use any quotes, paraphrases, or ideas that are not your own without citing that source in the body of the paper and in a Works Cited page.
  • Add descriptive details--always.
  • Do not use “I” or “you.”
  • Read your paper aloud when you are finished to help you proofread. If you read every word on the page aloud, you will be able to hear better how to improve your writing. When you read papers to yourself in your own head, you brain has a way of fixing the mistakes so you don’t see them. But I do!
  • f the paper bores you, it will bore your reader.


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