controversial advance emerging in science, such as cloning, gene therapy,
atomic energy, stem cell research, or another topic of your choosing, that
directly deals with a scientific research.
Your topic should be about a new technology or technique, NOT a general
scientific theory like evolution. You
will research the arguments in favor of and opposed to this technology and
write an essay arguing for or against the use of the controversial scientific
advance. Your essay should be 2-3 pages
long and should be based on facts and evidence, not simply rhetoric or
emotion. You should have at least four
independent sources to cite in your research.
possible topics for your research. Choose
two topics and spend some time looking up information about these topics. List the sources you research in your
prewriting notes, with a brief note about what they contain.
topic you want to write about, and indicate what your initial reaction to the
topic is: are you in favor of it or
Research the topic. Try to find sources that are as objective as
possible about the issue at first. For
example, if you choose to research cloning, you might look for sources that discuss
the process without any moral commentary.
After you’ve discovered the facts about the topic, feel free to research
the emotional side of the issue. List
the sources that you’d like to use in the essay. Be sure to make notes about what information
you got from each source.
Write a draft of
your essay. It should be 2-3 pages
long. After you’ve written your first
draft, use the checklist below to make sure it has the required elements.
Topic is about a
scientific advance or technology, not a scientific theory.
My essay argues
for or against the technology.
I have cited at
least four sources, and in my essay, I have indicated where I got my
I have a strong
thesis statement and each paragraph in the essay works to support my
has a topic sentence.
My essay has an
interesting introductory paragraph and a concluding paragraph.
I have proofread
for spelling and grammar errors.
You should have two
drafts: First Draft and Final Draft.