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Persuasive Essay: Assignment

Research Project

Persuasion Module

Topics (Choose ONE):

    1. Should people be allowed to keep exotic animals like chimpanzees or tigers?
    2. Is it harmful for children to be in day-care centers all day? Explain why or why not.
    3. Should professional baseball and/or football players convicted of using performance-enhancing drugs be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame?
    4. Should people receiving government assistance be required to work?
    5. Should adoption records be open to the people directly involved (the person adopted, the biological parents and/or the adoptive parents)? Explain why or why not.
    6. Should public agencies be required to inform parents if their minor children (those under 17) seek birth control? Discuss.
    7. Are people in the U.S. overly concerned about being thin? Discuss.
    8. Should casino gambling be allowed in Georgia?
    9. Do violent video games (or cartoons or television shows) cause behavior problems?
    10. Should companies be allowed to market items to children?
    11. Under what circumstances, if any, should minors be tried as adults?
    12. Should the federal government recognize civil unions?
    13. Is too much emphasis placed on grades in our educational system? Explain. 
    14. Should the media show more respect for celebrities' desire for privacy? Discuss.
    15. What are the best ways to ensure that America's elderly are cared for properly?
    16. Should employees be allowed to use social media sites at work?
    17. Are Americans overmedicated?
    18. Should parents be required to pass tests before homeschooling their children?
    19. Should the government be allowed to detain suspected terrorists without trial?

Format: MLA format, Times New Roman, size 12, no cover page

Length: 800-1000 words, excluding Works Cited Pages

Use of Outside Sources: You MUST make appropriate use of at least three background sources.  Your sources should be scholarly and credible sources, preferably from Galileo or a scholarly database, NOT ordinary dot com sites or wikipedia pages.  Include an MLA style Works Cited page with your essay.


  1. Have I incorporated an MLA style author block, title, and pagination?
  2. Is my essay double-spaced?
  3. Does my introduction contain a hook and enough development to interest the reader?
  4. Is my thesis clear?  Have I concisely answered the question posed in the topic?
  5. Do my body paragraphs contain evidence and references to research materials?
  6. Have I used the appropriate persuasive appeals (logical, ethical, and/or emotional)?
  7. Have I avoided the fallacies of argument such as the argument ad hominem, non sequitur, etc.?
  8. Does my conclusion adequately and forcefully complete my discussion of the topic?  Does it leave the reader thinking about the essay?
  9. Have I included an MLA style Works Cited Page with at least THREE credible, scholarly background resources?
  10.  Are all of my sentences stated as clearly and concisely as possible?
  11. Is my writing free of grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors?
  12. Have I submitted my final draft to

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