For the final writing assignment in this course, you will write a researched argumentative essay. As a first step, you will identify some possible topics of interest for research.

By Saturday, October 8, 2016, post a two-paragraph response in the Journal, (accessed through the Journal tab at the top of the screen) identifying two topics that interest you for the argumentative essay. Explain why each would be a good choice for research and argumentation.

Also, let your instructor know if you have any questions or need assistance. Your instructor will respond in the Journal with suggestions regarding the topics you identify.

Begin by reflecting on issues that are important to you and on which reasonable people might disagree. Also, consider areas in which a change could make improvements in a currently difficult situation. Once you have found two possible topics, post your ideas to the Journal, explaining your interest in the topics and any challenges you expect to encounter.  

Use the South University Online Library to locate articles that present arguments about controversial issues that interest you. The SIRS researcher, mentioned in the lecture page, "Researching in the Online Library," is a good resource for current, controversial topics. You may reach out to the Reference Librarian by phone, email, or the library chat feature for help in locating articles.


The following are some ideas to get you started thinking about possibilities:

  • If you are a parent, you might consider issues about your children's education, including concerns about their physical health and the need for responsible choices in school lunches and for mandatory physical education in every grade of school.
  • As a military person or veteran, you might argue for services for all veterans to virtually eradicate veteran homelessness, drug abuse or suicide, or you could advocate for reinstatement of the draft to ensure that military service be delegated to all sectors of society.
  • As a student yourself, you might choose to talk about how to revise Federal Student Aid programs to best support students. You could advocate for interest-free student loans and flexible repayment plans. You might consider investigating the most promising careers for students graduating in the next five years.
  • You could make a case for strengthening of environmental protection in a specific area or section of society (Yosemite National Park, the coal industry, or something similar), the need (or not) for unions in the workplace, the mandatory transition to renewable energy sources, the development of a national mass transit train system for freight to remove the number of semi-trucks on our highways, and other such topics.
  • You could argue for a civic issue, such as supporting increased taxes to address the poor quality of local roads, or you could support a local sales tax to implement much needed local public services, such as a teen center, a local park or a public garden, a public library with up-to-date technology for use by patrons, or other needed facilities to serve local needs.
Assignment 1 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Posted at least a two-paragraph response to the Journal. 20
Identified at least two possible topics. 30
Explained why they would be good choices for the assignment.


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