The followingÂ overusedÂ topics mayÂ notÂ be used in your essay:
gun control, abortion, capital punishment, gay marriage, gays in the military, mandatory drug testing, euthanasia,
childhood obesity, women in the military, diets (including the Paleo diet), workout regimens (including CrossFit), underage drinking,
and the legalization of marijuana.
This essay must include a minimum ofÂ five sources.Â Â ThreeÂ should beÂ peer-reviewedÂ sources, preferably from the APUS databases. The following should clarify the term “peer-reviewed”: Â http://youtu.be/rOCQZ7QnoN0.Â You may use eBooks; however, as discussed in your textbook, books generally are not as current as peer-reviewed articles.Â You may also use primary sources (interviews, statistics, etc); however, these primary sources should be obtained from experts within that field.Â If you cannot find strong sources for your chosen topic, then change your topic.Â If you have a question about the validity of a source, please contact a librarian:Â firstname.lastname@example.org
an introduction and claim, background, body, and a conclusion.
Within the body of your essay, make sure to include the following in any order:
The background for your chosen topic, the opposition – use an academic tone, and do not show bias, the strengths and weaknesses of your opponents’ claims, scholarly research, your claim — use an academic tone, and do not show bias, discuss the warrants for your claim and the opposition in order to find the common ground,
and show the common ground between your opponents’ claim and your claim.
After you have written your essay, please make sure to revise the content of your essay.Â Lastly, be sure to edit your essay by checking grammar, format, and smaller technical details.Â Please make sure your essay is written in third person.
The Annotated Bibliography
An annotated Bibliography (AB) is due with your Rogerian essay. Using the MLA guide, list each source as it will appear on the Works Cited page of your essay.Â Summarize each source in two or three grammatically-correct Â sentences. These short summaries are the “annotations.”
Clark, Irene L.Â The Genre of Argument.Â Fort Worth, TX:Â Harcourt Brace, 1998.Â Print.
Clark’s textbook identifies the major steps to developing a well-researched and well-written argumentative essay.Â Professional essays are included in the text as models.
Ward, Russ.Â Logical Argument in the Research Paper.Â Fort Worth, TX:Â Harcourt Brace, 1997. Print.
Augmenting the steps to writing an argumentative research paper is information about proper documentation.Â The Rogerian System, an important aspect of a well-planned paper, should be studied carefully.