The Toulmin assignment
This essay should be between 900 and 1000 words. This essay
will help you practice what you have learned so far in this course. 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, so it can be easily discussed in a shorter, 1000 word essay.
Here is a list of topics to choose from
- mandatory vaccinations
- legalizing performance enhancing drugs
- net neutrality
- use of drones for mail deliveries in the US
This essay must include a minimum of five sources. You may
use eBooks; however, as discussed earlier this semester, 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.
Make sure to include the following sections in your essay:
introduction and claim, background, body, and conclusion. Within the body of
your Toumin essay, make sure to include the following in any order: support for
your claim, opposing or alternate views, scholarly research, and rebuttals.
Use MLA format.
Let the reader know why you chose this particular essay.
Does this essay discuss an issue that is facing you currently? Next, discuss
whether or not your essay is peer-reviewed. How do you know? State the claim of
the essay. Then, discuss how the author proves this claim. Is the author using
the Toulmin method? Use complete sentences, give citations to back up your
points, and create a final works cited citation for this essay.
Should be at least 200
words. It must include MLA citations – both in-text and an should be at least
200 words. It must include MLA citations – both in-text and an end citation.