“A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an
action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.”
George Bernanos, French Author
In this assignment, you will begin by choosing a current problem that you
are interested in. This problem, ideally, will be a complex one. There will be
more than just a “for” or “against” position to be taken, and the issue won’t
be so charged and loaded that people’s minds are already made up about it.
Your instructors will help you very carefully choose your problem.
Then, you will do research to learn more about the problem and about
various viewpoints and stakeholders. Eventually, you will form a unique
thesis about this issue, and use research to support a series of claims.
Your thesis and claims must be oriented around convincing your audience to
take some real form of action. Your proposal will need to be both persuasive
and practical. Try to provide a modest answer to the problem you identify.
The course textbook, HTWA, has much more detailed information about what
an argumentative essay is, and how to write one.
Your assessment on this paper will be based on the goals of this unit:
1. Explore a relevant and contentious issue from a variety of
perspectives, considering multiple viewpoints and arguments as you
develop your own thesis.
2. Creatively and critically synthesize research from multiple sources—
develop awareness of different personal, academic, and civic contexts
and express your unique ideas in relationship to the ideas of others.
3. Apply yourself to a problem and seek relevant, reasonable, and
4. Use academic citation systems for documenting work, and know
where to find resources that will help you with this.
5. Revise your argument so that it is clear, convincing, well-organized