Part 1: Persuasive Research Paper
Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word persuasive research paper that argues your personal position on a controversial topic that you think is worthy of public debate. The topic must be current, part of an ongoing debate, or a relatively new, unknown topic that you think deserves more attention.
Include a strong thesis statement and be organized so that your arguments are clearly presented. Avoid giving background on your topic. Instead focus on proving your thesis statement.
Incorporate both classical principles of argumentation and elements of the Toulmin model of argument analysis.
Support your claims with credible references, using a minimum of four peer-reviewed sources.
Note. If you write on a topic that is part of an ongoing debate, your argument must address all sides of the issue, and must represent and persuasively respond to positions different from your own. Remember that topics, such as abortion and the death penalty, are difficult to write about because of how polarizing they are. You may find it difficult to look at all sides of these kinds of debates, especially if you have strong feelings. Avoid these kinds of debates, and look for something fresh.
If you write on a relatively new or unknown topic, part of your task will be educating your readers on this topic and proving that it is worthy of serious public debate.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Submit your paper to the Plagiarism Checker by clicking on the link to your right under theMaterials heading and make any necessary revisions before submitting your final paper.
Submit your final paper to the Assignment Files tab.
Part 2: Persuasive Paper Presentation
Create a 5- to 7-slide presentation using Microsoft® PowerPoint® to accompany your paper.
Format yourreferences consistent with APA guidelines. Include citations in the speaker notes or in a separate reference list.
Deliver your presentation and submit your presentation file or link.
- For Local Campus, deliver a 10- to 12-minute oral presentation accompanied by your slides or multimedia.
- For Online Campus, provide detailed speaker notes in the presentation file or in a separate document.
Submit your presentation to the Assignment Files tab
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