In this essay, you will choose and argue for or against a position on a given topic. What is important is that you:
â€¢ Have a clear & sound position that is supported by logical evidence,
â€¢ Appropriately acknowledge any opposition,
â€¢ Use tactful language,
â€¢ Give enough background information for any audience to understand the situation and your position, and
â€¢ Conclude your essay with a â€œclinchingâ€ summary and/or final persuasive point.
â€¢ Use the assigned articles and your own experience to support your position.
Constructing a solid argumentation essay is often one of the more difficult writing tasks for students. To get through the process more smoothly, this project also includes a draft that will be submitted to the Discussion Board. Look for the â€œArgumentation Essayâ€ topic on the Discussion Board for further instructions on these components.
Goals & Tips:
The goal of this essay is to construct an argument and build logical support for that argument. Just as with the recent exams, itâ€™s important that you consistently acknowledge where youâ€™re using your source and where the thoughts and examples are all yours. Lack of or improper acknowledgement of sources is plagiarism, and will result in a 0/100 for the assignment.
Choose ONE of the following statements to argue for or against.
Your main idea/thesis for this essay is your position one of the following topics. You do not have to agree with the statement made about the topics here. These are provided only to raise issues. You can and should argue whatever position you truly hold. You must select your topic from the list below. Essays that are written on other topics will not be eligible for points.
Tip: Position statements and key parts of the prompt are underlined or bolded.
A) In many ways, television has proved to be one of the worst inventions of modern times. All too often, television is harmful because of the shows it broadcasts and the way it is used in the home.
a. Fischer, Deborah. â€œDying to Entertain: Violence on Prime Time and Broadcast Television.â€
b. Freedman, Jonathan. â€œNo Real Evidence for TV Violence Causing Real Violence.â€
All supplementary articles can be accessed by downloading them from the same location as this prompt and in Learning Modules.
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