Why every couple should be required to adopt a child after their year of marriage
So far this semester we’ve kicked horses, watched our dreams, and decided to kill the fat man overlooking the train tracks. As I said at the beginning of the semester, a lot of this class would focus on critical thinking, and we have done so. If it hasn’t been clear to you thus far what these discussions have to do with writing, this assignment should help. You’re going to use your critical thinking skills to convince an audience that your ridiculous topic is actually a good idea. A really good paper will make your logic impossible to argue against, even though any sane person would agree that the topic is preposterous. Don’t feel so confused right now—this is what we have been doing the entire semester. The only difference is that now you’re doing it in writing. RIDICULOUS ARGUMENT This is your required research/argument essay for EN140. As I mentioned in class, I see no reason to have you write an essay on the same old tired topics that you probably don’t really care about anyway, and I am tired of reading. While the topics we’ve come up with still probably aren’t ones you care about, at least you might have more fun writing them. I also believe that these “ridiculous” topics will take more critical thinking skills than an essay about, for example, why the drinking age should be lowered. This essay will also require some creative thinking, which is an important skill to hone. REQUIREMENTS: Over three pages, but no more than five (not including the works cited page). In other words, your essay must go beyond the end of the third page, but not beyond the end of the fifth page. Any essay not meeting this requirement will lose an entire letter grade. Formatted according to the guidelines posted on Moodle at the beginning of the semester. You must include at least three of the outside sources from your annotated bibliography, which must be cited in MLA format. In-text citations must include at least one signal phrase (As in: According to Author Name, “Blah blah blah blah blah.”) and one parenthetical (As in: “Blah blah blah” (Author last name)). You must use at least one direct quote and at least one paraphrase. Works cited page (which does not count toward your page requirements) must be formatted according to proper MLA guidelines. See either the writing lab, chapters 16 and 17 in your textbook, or go to the Purdue OWL online if you need help with your MLA. Your essay must be well developed and organized: Your thesis must be clear and arguable. Your paragraphs must be focused, not rambling. If you can’t label the main, singular idea of each paragraph, it is not focused. You are not required to use the exact phrasing in the assigned topic, but if you make any changes, make sure not to change the overall argument. Your essay must address the topic in a serious, academic tone. Your topic may be silly, but you should argue it like it’s the best idea in the world. Your essay must be free from any major errors in spelling and grammar. I suggest reading your paper aloud. You will catch many errors that way. Although you should all consider it, second-language learners in particular might want to think about visiting the writing lab. RESTRICTIONS You may not: Use I, me, my, you, your, you’re or etc. in this paper (unless it is in a quote from one of your sources). Include outside sources in your introduction or conclusion. These two sections should be entirely your own. HELPFUL SOURCES Here is a good source on writing thesis statements: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/thesis-statements/ Chapter 5 in your textbook discusses how to use evidence effectively. Chapter 6 discusses use of Ethos, Pathos, and Kairos. Chapters 16 and 17 discuss using and properly sources. This is a good list of transition words and phrases: http://www.smart-words.org/linking-words/transition-words.html So: 3-5 pages plus works cited page. Written in a proper academic tone. At least three sources in proper MLA format (in-text citations and works cited page). At least one of these sources must be quoted, and at least one must be paraphrased. Any others are up to you. At least one of the sources must include a signal phrase, and at least one must include a parenthetical citation. No use of I, me, my, you, your, you’re or etc. (unless it is in a quote). Intro and conclusion are free from outside source information. Thesis statement is well-phrased and difficult to argue against (a strong thesis statement goes a long way). Paragraphs are focused. Proper MLA citations (in-text and on the works cited page).