Essay Arguing a Position on a Local Issue
Spend some time reading newspapers, magazine, and the internet in order to identify a local issue that is interesting to you. Be sure it is an issue that has at least two sides to it (example: CCC should move to Warrenton/CCC should stay in Astoria).
Research the issue until you feel like you have a pretty good idea of what both sides of the debate are thinking. Make a chart that lists reasons for each side.
Choose one side, and make a claim. Assert which side you are on. Come up with three reasons why you think the way you do.
Gather as much evidence as you can from your research (3 sources minimum). I want you to also find 3 quotations to use in your essay.
Shape your claim into a thesis statement (CCC should stay in Astoria because Astoria is the county seat, it has the densest population, and it is the cheapest option).
Try using this formula: ____________ should/should not ___________ because _______________.
Write a rough draft that follows this outline:
• Response to opposition
Share your rough draft with others in class for feedback.
Revise, write as final draft.
Proofread one more time.