Argument with Research
ESSAY 4 ASSIGNMENT Argument with Research
Essay 4 Word Count 1,200-1,500 words
Four articles (not more), at least one from library databases
Use at least one colon and one semicolon in your essay.
Incorporate two figures into your essay to appeal to pathos–a picture to evoke emotion, and to
logos–a graphic such as a chart, graph or table to emphasize an important fact.
Read the handout in Unit 5 about working with figures in essays for more information.
Below are some links to help you choose your controversy:
1. What if we ended the injustice of bail? (TED Talk)
2. Declaring early for the NFL draft https://nypost.com/2020/04/19/more-players-entering-nfl-draft-
Black Lives Matter Activists Want to End Police Violence. But They Disagree on How to Do It
4. Dropping Poetry in Schools https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/07/the-
5. Using cellphone data to track coronavirus
6. Native Americans Left Out Of Coronavirus Data
7. Does Public Shaming do any Good?
8. Should police officers be in schools?
9. Does the US need more regulation on sports gambling ads?
11. If you do not choose from the controversies listed here, email me a link from a credible
source about any recent controversy that is tied to a specific significant current event and is
debatable. You may use a TED Talk or another reputable video website.
Avoid choosing overdone or sweepingly broad topics. Below are some topics that never work well for
the argument essay, so stay away from them so that you do well on this final essay:
Use the methods shown in UNIT 1 to weave in/integrate key quotes. Avoid full-sentence quotes.
Also, the more shared values you appeal to, the more effective the argument.
BACKGROUND brief summary of selected article—include BOTH sides of the issue
YOUR REASON 1 (in topic sentence)
YOUR REASON 2 (in topic sentence)
YOUR REASON 3 (in topic sentence) The final reason and evidence should be your most powerful, most
Your conclusion should not simply restate your intro paragraph, but if you had a good engaging lead in,
briefly allude to it.
Establish the real significance of this controversy. Why is it important to the readers?
Your conclusion should serve as the final appeal to a resistant audience.
Vivid, concrete language is as important in a conclusion as it is elsewhere–
perhaps more essential, since the conclusion determines the reader's final
impression of your essay.