- The essay should have at least 1000 words.
- The essay should have at least three credible sources (do not quote or paraphrase from Wikipedia or from other sources that lack sufficient credibility).
- Remember, research is required for this essay, and therefore, an essay without documented research will not earn credit.
- Because this is a research-based essay, a properly formatted “Works Cited” page is required. You do need to include all necessary information in the Works Cited page–a simple list of URLs (web addresses) is not acceptable. Again, please review Part Five in our textbook for guidance.
This project requires you to write an MLA-style research paper, so if you need to review the rules regarding research, avoiding plagiarism, and formatting in MLA (not APA) style
Complete ONE of the writing exercises.Keep in mind that this project is an argumentation essay. Therefore, you will need to take a stand on a particular viewpoint and try to convince those who disagree with you that your viewpoint is the best one. Therefore, respecting your opponents is crucial—after all, would you be likely to change your mind in order to agree with somebody who rudely dismisses your views?
Consider the following writing prompts:
- According to Heraclitus, “You cannot step into the same river twice.” If people could, should they?
- My 75-year-old mother-in-law recently quit driving. The reason? Her 86-year-old boyfriend drives her everywhere she has to go. Should there be a mandatory stop-driving age?
- If you had to lose one of your five senses (taste, touch, smell, vision, or hearing), which would you choose to live without?
- Should professional athletes be paid millions of dollars?
- Should college athletes be paid?
- Does the state of the economy dictate the music that we listen to?
- To what extent does television/film/music/etc. contribute to the dehumanization of minorities?
- What are the three best forms of investment right now? Real estate, traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, stocks, bond, mutual funds, index funds…?
- Given the wild popularity of violent films, write an argument about why the dark hero, or even the villain, is idolized.
- Examine the different factors that affect, disrupt, or deny upward social mobility.