The goal is to make an argument about your topic. You should persuade your audie


The goal is to make an argument about
your topic. You should persuade your
audience to think in a new way about your topic and/or take action in some
way.
Audience: you will need to identify the most appropriate target
audience. Where have most of your sources been published? Who tends to read them? Who can take action? Get specific: your
audience can’t be the general public.
REQUIREMENTS
1.
Begin with a unique and
attention-grabbing title.
2.
Write an essay with a distinct
introduction, body, and conclusion.
3.
Organize your essay with a clear thesis that makes a debatable
claim—your intervention into the conversation surrounding your topic. Your
thesis should answer your research question.
4.
Keep in mind that this essay isn’t a
report collecting and summarizing information. Make sure your voice is present.
To do so, synthesize and analyze sources, emphasize your thesis, and when
appropriate, incorporate your ideas. You may use “I” to distinguish your voice
from the sources but do so sparingly. Your essay should generally be 90% your
words, and 10% directly quoted material.


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