Essay Arguing a Position on a National Issue
Spend some time reading newspapers, magazine, and the internet in order to identify a national issue that is interesting to you. Be sure it is an issue that has at least two sides to it (example: marijuana should be legal/marijuana should not be legal).
Research the issue until you feel like you have a pretty good idea of what both sides of the debate are thinking. (People should be free to make their own choices vs. Harmful, addictive drugs should be illegal). 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 (The US should keep marijuana illegal because it is addictive, causes physical harm, and causes psychological harm).
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.
Due Date: ___________________