Question 1 of 3:
The following overused topics may not be used in your essay: gun control, abortion, capital punishment, gay marriage, gays in the military, mandatory drug testing, euthanasia, childhood obesity, women in the military, diets (including the Paleo diet), workout regimens (including CrossFit), the drinking age, and the legalization of marijuana.
Look for topics that are currently being debated in your local community and that are directly relevant to our lives. Consider issues related to how best to nurture the environment, raise children, solve social problems, strengthen the economy, etc.
Please identify the debate you will be engaging in, and then post your proposed one-sentence thesis statement for this topic.
Remember, the thesis statement is your answer to the research question. Use your thesis to take a clear stand on one side of the debate or the other.
Question 2 of 3:
List a peer-reviewed source (for peer-reviewed sources see the “Advanced Search” link just below the Search box on the Library Welcome page) that you plan to use in this essay.
You must include either a short quotation and/or paraphrase with the in-text citation and a works cited entry for this source in MLA form. *Note: To receive credit for this question, the source must be peer-reviewed and correctly cited (a hanging indent is not required to receive credit).
Question 3 of 3:
Give a tentative outline for your essay. Remember, your essay must have the following components: introduction, background, support for your claim, opposing views, rebuttals, and a conclusion. Clarify these components in your outline. Your outline may be a topic or sentence outline but must be somewhat concrete.
I Introduction and thesis
II Recent historical background on how the debate has been unfolding within the past 20 years
III Support for Claim
V. Your rebuttal to the counterargument