Name (heading in
type of assignment
Life is beautiful –source
Keep it simple and to the point; give an example of a
neighborhood friend who was arrested for MJ possession; and how that ruined his
life. In other words, just simply tell someone’s story—one that will help you
pre-frame, or contextualize your argument in more human terms; for example,
simply say here that you will find a story of someone arrested for simple
possession and how that created a big bump in the road for them. Make sure you
correctly cite that story in your first draft.
(Remember, your position statement simply goes at the end of your #1, or
story.) It is time to legalize Marijuana (your #2). (body in double-space, but
do not triple-space between paragraphs and between sub-headings.)
of Resources (probably your strongest reason)
Arrests for simple possession set off a wasteful chain: The
police have better things to do with their time. Court systems are already
Everyone deserves the right to choose. The Constitution
supports individual choice.
With legalization, every State can tax the sales. Tax
revenue will greatly enhance the State’s budget.
Many people claim that once you start smoking MJ you will
then go on to do hard drugs; that is not true.
Alcohol or prescription drugs are the true gateway drugs.
the Wrong Message?
that our young people would be especially at risk since they might feel it is
ok to start experimenting with MJ before the age of eighteen; but young people
have already received the hypocritical message against MJ use and they have made up their minds. We
need to stop underestimating their ability to critically think about issues.
And besides, the states’ will restrict purchase to 21 and older.
Some claim that our public transportation will be at great
risk for accidents and even mid-air collisions because pilots and bus-drivers
may still be under the influence of MJ; no one would want our public servants
to be under the influence of any substance, even MJ, but we can easily
institute safeguards and use the current laws and similar restrictions to
protect public safety. We already have a simple testing device that measures
the THC in nanograms.
Just like our friend, John (the subject of your earlier,
Engage the Reader, story), we need to have a common sense approach to marijuana
laws. The people have spoken, and they want a reasonable marijuana law that
removes the current hypocrisy. It is time for a new and more pragmatic
your outline is not a pro/con
listing; for your counter-argument section, your #4, you need to fully and
fairly present your chosen objections/questions first, and then you must respond, or counter them.
Sub-headings or section headings: You must use sub-headings for the outline,
the First draft and the Final draft; use judiciously and effectively.
Sub-headings must be in bold, keep the same-size and style font, do not
underline, do not add end punctuation (except in your counter-argument
sub-heading).Use bolded sub-titles for your Outline, your First Draft, and for
your Final paper.
of the First Draft and of the Final paper:
Remember, your main purpose for all papers is to be taken seriously! Your purpose is
not to preach, not to evaluate, not to lecture, and not to moralize.
Make sure you have the required body pages: three to five
for the First Draft and five to six pages of body for the Final Paper.
Do not use first-person. The only exception is using an
illustration of something you experienced (for example, using a relative who
struggled with end of life problems, if your topic is the Right to Die). Avoid
the danger of using first-person for
argumentative or analysis patterns.
Do not include titles or articles or books in your paper
body; only include a brief title of the author (to establish credentials).
Use the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation system
for the first paper; typically, the second paper will be in the Chicago
Use Times New Roman and size 12.
Do not triple-space between paragraphs.
Use the standard one inch margins.
Avoid passive voice.
Do not manually include footnotes or endnotes: use the
software Word program’s insertion of footnotes or endnotes.
Avoid repetition (do not keep repeating the main point; do
not repeat the paraphrase or integrated quote).
Need a decent title (not a topic title or position statement
title). But remember, do use a simple topic title for the submission title;
this will allow other classmates to quickly identify each paper topic.
Need an opening quote that will pre-frame and later resonate
with your argument; use only italics for the opening quote, double-dash, then,
source (non-italics). But do not use italics when quoting a source in your paper
body—use quotation marks there.
Get a decent title, one that will pre-frame, and later resonate, your position;
do not use a “topic title” and do not use a question as a title.
For example, a good opening quote for legalizing same-sex marriage would be the
following: We deserve to experience love
fully, equally, without shame, and without compromise—Ellen Page
 (http://www.brainyquote.com/ is a good
source for your opening quote/s)
This general signal phrase is perfectly fine for the outline, but when you
start writing your First Draft (and later, your Final Paper) you must use an
actual source to introduce your objection.