Activity 10: Using Evidence to Support an Argument
Instructions: In class, we discussed the different types of evidence (examples, statistics,
testimonials) that can be used to support an argument. For this activity, you to start to develop
your argument for the final paper (i.e., the written persuasive appeal) by locating different types
of evidence that support your argument. Refer to class notes from Unit 8 (Logos) to help you
complete this activity.
Before beginning the activity, visit the Final Paper folder on eCampus and pick the topic that you
will argue for in your final paper. The potential topics are listed on the Written Persuasive
Appeal Instructions document. Once you choose a topic, complete the following steps:
(1) Based on your chosen topic, write a one-sentence thesis statement about the position you
will argue in your final paper.
(2) For EACH of the three types of evidence we discussed in class (examples, statistics, and
testimonials), find one source that fits that type of evidence (e.g., for statistics, X% of
people are influenced by this or Y program costs x amount of dollars; for examples,
describe a story or theoretical piece that illustrates a viewpoint; for testimonial, find an
interview or the actual words/opinion of a stakeholder). Academic articles, books, and
primary documents are all great sources. Newspapers and editorials can also be used, but
be selective. Each source must be relevant to your position on your final paper topic.
(3) Provide detail about each of the three sources you find. You can (and are encouraged) to
use quotes from your articles/books (provided you cite the page number), but you are
required to interpret this quote in your own words. Additionally, indicate how this type of
evidence will be useful in supporting your argument.
(4) Provide a citation for each of the three sources using APA 6th edition format. Visit
http://libguides.wvu.edu/apa for clarification on APA style.
Organization tip: Consider organizing this assignment by each of the three sources.
Specifically, provide the citation for the source and then under the citation answer the questions
about that source before moving on to the next source.
This activity must be submitted to eCampus as either a text submission or an attached file no
later than 11:59pm.
COMM 104: Written Persuasive Appeal (Final Paper)
For your final course paper, you will write a 2-3 page paper on one of the controversial topics
listed below (see “Paper Topics”). The purpose of this paper is for you to choose a stance on a
controversial issue and integrate your knowledge about rhetoric and persuasion to defend that
stance. To do this effectively, you must conduct research on your topic and apply course
concepts by creating a compelling and logical argument based on evidence.
This assignment is worth 100 points. For grading criteria, see the Written Persuasive Appeal
Rubric located in the Final Paper folder on eCampus.
What to include in your paper: Structure your paper in an organized manner so that there is an
introduction, body, and conclusion.
▪ In the introduction paragraph of your paper, make sure to clearly state your
argument/claim. Your claim should be specific (e.g., if you are arguing for the
legalization of euthanasia, are you arguing that it should be legalized under all
circumstances or just certain circumstances?).
▪ In the body paragraphs of your paper, provide reasons (about 3) to support your
argument/claim. Make sure to incorporate compelling evidence and various types of
appeals that we have discussed throughout the course to persuade your audience. You
should also address and refute potential opposing viewpoints.
▪ In the conclusion paragraph, summarize your claim/argument and the reasons you used in
support. In addition, go beyond these points by providing implications about your
argument. What should your audience do now?
Format: Your 2-3 page paper should be typed and double-spaced, use 12-point Times New
Roman font, have 1” margins, and follow APA 6th edition format for all in-text and reference
citations. Visit http://libguides.wvu.edu/apa for clarification on APA style. The final paper must
also include a separate cover page (that includes your name, date, section #, and ID#; see
example cover page located in the Final Paper folder) and a copy of the rubric. Your document
must be stapled.
References: You must use at least 6 sources (that are credible, up-to-date, and relevant) to
support your argument/claim. All sources must be cited both in-text and in the References
section of your paper using APA 6th edition format.
Due date: Unauthorized late and/or emailed papers will not be accepted. You must hand in a
printed copy of your paper by the beginning of class.
Paper Topics: You must create and support an argument/claim based on ONE of the following
Should marijuana be legalized?
Should prostitution be legalized?
Should euthanasia be legalized?
Should higher education be free for all
Should college athletes be paid?
Should governments be permitted to
use the death penalty?
Argue for or against a specific source
of energy (e.g., coal, solar, nuclear,
What should role should the United
States play in the war on terror?
Should presidential elections continue
to be decided by the Electoral College?
Should companies be allowed to test
their products on animals?
Should experimental cloning be
Should scientists be allowed to
genetically design/modify children
prior to birth?
Should US law enforcement be
permitted to engage in torture, or
Should individuals be allowed to
Should professional athletes be
allowed to utilize performance
Should GMOs (Genetically Modified
Organisms) be used in food
Argue for or against the morality of
placing animals into zoos.
Should 21 years of age remain the
legal drinking age?
Should gambling be legal?
Should recycling be mandated by law?
Should children be allowed to play
Should firearms be more rigorously
Should the minimum wage be altered?
Should American citizens have access
to universal healthcare?
Is it ethical to lie to children regarding
the existence of Santa Claus?
Should tobacco be legal?
Is climate change occurring, and is it
influenced by humans?
Argue for or against the censorship of
controversial material in media.
Should parents vaccinate their
Should the US government continue to
fund NASA and pursue space
Other (must obtain approval from
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