Please take a moment to overview the “Entering the Conversation” Argument assignment and the rubric I will use to grade it.
“Entering the Conversation” Argument (100)
In this assignment, you will enter the conversation you’ve been reading about for the past four weeks. This argumentative essay should be to 1,000- 1,250 words in length.
This formal argument will be your first opportunity to support, reflect on (and possibly refine) the limited, defensible and debatable central claim you’ve put forward in your Proposal. This is also your first opportunity to use the principles and theories we’ve discussed to craft a rigorous and sound argument that will ultimately be informative, persuasive, (and/or) thought-provoking for your intended audience. Because this is a relatively short argument, I expect a very high-level of quality of thinking and reasoning. What this assignment lacks in length, it should make up for in sound argumentation.
A solid argument will provide a good foundation on which to build your final Informed Rhetorical Argument. This will also give me an opportunity to give you some feedback on your argument before you compose your final argument.
FORM: This paper will be in MLA format, double-spaced, complete with a title (“Entering the Conversation Argument” is not an acceptable title; think of a title that represents your work well. Remember, the title is the first argument your reader will encounter) and a Works Cited page. (A works cited page is not, of course, included in the word count. If you are uncertain about any aspect of MLA format, I strongly suggest Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL). (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. All sources must be cited rigorously using MLA’s in-text, parenthetical citation system (Again, see the Purdue cite above.)