Major Researched Argument
The goals of this assignment are to
(1) help you develop and defend your position on an issue concerning the law (local, state, or
(2) improve your ability to use outside sources as evidence to support your thesis,
(3) help you write a logical, well-developed argument to your intended audience, and
(4) provide an opportunity for you to use the concept of transference in your writing.
Using an issue from the topic you chose for Paper 4, develop a claim or thesis. Your claim or
thesis must fit the criteria for a good claim or thesis: it should clearly state your stance on the
issue, contain an element of risk, uncertainty, or challenge and have tension. As part of your
thesis, you may wish to offer a recommendation regarding this issue.
Your goal is to write an essay that persuades readers to accept your position, or at least persuades
them to consider your opinion or recommendation. Remember your argument is to persuade your
audience to accept or consider wanting to newly create, amend or abolish some form of
legislation. Select a suitable audience who care about the issue but do not accept your position or
who do not accept your recommendation on how to deal with the issue. Under the title of your
paper, include a brief description of your audience.
The majority of your paper should be devoted to your own arguments supporting your position.
You should use sources to support your claims and reasons, but do not let your paper be
dominated by other people’s arguments. Additionally, you should address at least two
counterarguments in your paper which means you must consider at least two other points
The paper’s use of outside sources and University of South Alabama’s Shared Criteria of
development and support, organization, style and mechanics are the assessment tools for
evaluating your paper.
• You must have a minimum of nine sources with a maximum of ten and four of them
must identify (with) your anticipated audience.
• Your interview is included in your nine sources.
• You must have a correctly formatted Works Cited page for all of the sources used in your
narrative along with providing a critical annotated bibliography for six of your
• The Annotated Bibliography must include sources with two differing points of view.
(You may use or build on your Paper 4 Annotated Bibliography.)
• You must follow MLA format exactly.
Finally, your written argument and the presentation of a brief oral report (over some aspect of
your paper) will provide the basis for assessing this project. The oral report and your written
assessment of your writing skills will serve as the final exam for this class. Attendance is
mandatory for all students for all presentations or your paper will receive 30 points off the
final grade. Remember this paper counts for 35% of your total grade for this class. An oral
presentation of the paper is required of all students or the paper will receive a failing
The typed, double-spaced paper should be 1800 - 2000 words in length (this does not count the
Annotated Bibliography pages, but does include the Works Cited page). Include correct MLA
parenthetical citations in your paper, and include the following when you submit the paper in its
• all required pre-writing, outline, drafts and peer reviews;
• brief description of your audience at the top of the paper under the title;
• at least nine sources (one of these sources must be a personal interview);
• a mixture of direct and indirect quotes (that include at least three block quotes from three
• a high-lighted photocopy of all the source material pages you cite
Failure to bring drafts or other work on the date due for such work will lower the paper’s
grade. There will be no acceptance of late papers, because it is due on the day of the final.
Failure to submit the paper to turnitin.com will result in an automatic failing grade.
See additional homework on pp. 3 & 4 of this prompt.
Tuesday, April 11 –
Planning Schema: the thesis outline (one sentence each; argument claim (thesis), grounds
(reasons, stance) warrants (evidence,) conditions of rebuttal and rebuttals (counter argument
with reasons and evidence), backing and qualifiers.
(Submit planning schema for review and keep copy to develop your paper.)
Thursday, April 13
Draft 1: Narrative: Introduction and argument presentation and body for peer review.
This should include
• a summary of the argument,
• claim with reasons/premise,
• underlying/unstated assumptions and
• evidence to validate the claim and reasons
• and conditions of rebuttal.
• This draft should have in-text (parenthetical) citations composed of direct quotes,
paraphrases and at least one block quote synthesized with your own thoughts and
Brief summary of two new sources and a draft of a Works Cited page containing all eight
Tuesday, April 18
For Peer Review
Draft 2 is comprised of counterargument, rebuttal and the conclusion to your
researched argument for peer review. This should include
• an introduction to the counterargument
• and the underlying assumptions and reasons/premise for the counterargument
• and the rebuttal to the counterargument.
• This draft should also incorporate in-text (parenthetical citations) that are composed
of direct quotes, paraphrases and at least two block quote(s) synthesized with your
own thoughts and conclusions.
Thursday, April 20
For Peer Review:
Draft 3: Revised argument of Drafts 1 & 2
Tuesday, April 25
For Peer Review
Draft 4: Revision of complete argument integrating new information about the use of
transference and draft of Works Cited page.
Thursday, April 27 (last day of classes)
Draft 5: Complete drafts of project: argument, Works Cited page and Annotated
Final Exam Schedule for Ferguson EH 102 classes is as follows:
SEC 149 Tuesday, May 2 1:00pm -3:00pm
SEC 137 Thursday, May 4 1:00pm-3:00pm
This is the Final Exam for Ferguson EH 102:
Submission of Final Draft of Paper 5 and 5-7 Minute Oral Presentations of the Paper content.
Oral Presentations assigned in alphabetical order.
Submit Drafts 1-5 to turnitin.com and check plagiarism (research source use) detail
report. If the percentage is over 0%, download your drafts, study the highlighted sections
and make correct MLA adjustments. Your goal is 0%, but no more than 10%.
The site will be open for draft submissions and re-submissions beginning 12:00am
Monday, April 10 and will close Thursday, May 4 at 11:59pm.
Homework April 6 – April 27:
Reading Due April 11
• LPH sample of argument “Why We Remember” pp. xcv-ci
• LPH (parenthetical citation models) pp.80 – 91 and pp. 91-98 (works-cited models)
pp. 98-99 (sample Works-Cited list)
• WIT, Ch. 9 Constructing Arguments pp. 221-236 Citing Resources, pp 306-315
• Find two additional sources
Readings due April 13
Handouts: Two USA Student Researched Arguments
• “Unethixs: The Truth About Pharmaceutical Ethics”
Due April 18
• “A Look at the Reliability and Validity of the MBTI”
Handout: Current Issues…
“Death and Justice: How Capitol Punishment Affirms Life”, Edward I. Koch,
“Letter from Birmingham Jail, A Call to Unity”, Martin L. King, pp.736-751.
Additional homework assigned TBA.
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