First, you will choose a topic of interest. Make sure that you choose a topic with two opposing sides. Then, you need to research that topic in order to specify the topic’s scope. For example, you may be interested in learning more about traffic issues in the United States. However, that topic is too large to cover in a 2-4 pages essay. After researching peer reviewed articles that discuss US traffic issues in general, you may discover that the metro system in the District of Columbia is underfunded and underutilized. Through your research, you found that you could make a claim that more funds should be made available in order to upgrade the metro system, which would improve traffic issues in the District of Columbia. This would make for a stronger, specific argument.
You need to write at lease 2-4 pages essay that must include a minimum of five sources. These should be peer-reviewed sources. You may use eBooks; however, as discussed in your textbook, books generally are not as current as peer-reviewed articles. You may also use primary sources (interviews, statistics, etc); however, these primary sources should be obtained from experts within that field. If you cannot find strong sources for your chosen topic, then change your topic. If you have a question about the validity of a source, please email me, or post your question to the open forum.
Note: Consider your audience as laymen in the field with only general knowledge of your topic.
Make sure to include the following sections in your essay:
a. an introduction and claim,
b. support for your claim,
c. opposing or alternate views,
d. the strengths and weaknesses of your opponents’ claims,
e. your rebuttals of their claims