ENG 102: Writing Academic Research Papers
Argumentative Research Paper Guidelines
Write an argumentative
research paper on your chosen topic.
this is an academic paper. Therefore, you
must use an appropriate academic tone and language. A clear and precise
expression of ideas as well as a fluent writing style will be credited in the grading of the paper. You
must carefully consider both sides of the argument and put forward reasonable
and logical counter-arguments and rebuttals. If you caricature or falsify the
counter-arguments, you will have marks deducted.
first draft of your essay must be brought to my office no later than 12 noon
Sunday 2nd Jun.
will return your draft with feedback during our Individual Conference in week 6
SUBMISSION DATE for your essay is Wednesday 26 Jun (during Class).
Marks will be deducted for late submission.
Your essay should:
- Be on A4 paper; double line space.
- Have ample margins (1” or 2.5
cm) on all sides.
- Have in the upper left hand
corner your name, course, semester, instructor, date and type of
assignment; single line spaced.
- Include right below this (and
centered) an original and brief title that reflects your topic accurately
(as separate from type of assignment).
- Not use fancy fonts.
- Not use plastic covers; use
only stapled pages.
- Be submitted to www.turnitin.com by the end of the
teaching weeks (week 14).
- Be between 2000 and 2600
words (6-8 pages).
Your essay must have:
A clear and concise introduction that establishes a rapport with your audience and a
plan (roadmap) of your paper’s development.
claim phrased in a clear and precise
An orientation that assumes your audience includes
people who may not agree with your claim; so your argument must include valid
and convincing support (evidence).
An identifiable warrant, that is to say, link between the support you offer and the
claim you make.
counter-argument with reasonable arguments and adequate evidence.
of these opposing views.
A strong conclusion.
Issues to keep in mind:
- Who is your intended audience? What do you expect your audience to
believe or think about your topic?
- What are the main points of support that will
best convince your audience of the validity of your claim?
- What specific counterarguments that can be advanced against your
claim in general or against specific points of support do you anticipate
from your audience?
- What information about your
topic will you need to supply as background
for your topic?
- Do you plan to use pathos appeals in your writing?
Why and at what point?
- Will you employ inductive or deductive reasoning?
- Above all there must be a
clear and logical flow of ideas
through your argument, counter-argument, and rebuttal.
Your essay will be graded
according to the Argumentative Research Paper Grading Rubric posted on elearn.
ENG 102: Writing Academic Research papers
Argumentative Research Paper: Grading Rubric
Grades for the argumentative essay are calculated according
to the following breakdown:
- Introduction: establishes a rapport with the audience, makes
the reader aware of necessary background information relevant to the
argument, and concludes with the main claim and an outline of the
- Claim: is clearly
stated and debatable. (10%)
- Argument: restates your main claim and the reasons you hold this
claim to be true. More than one line of argument/reasoning defends the
claim. Evidence must be provided in support of your reasoning, and such
evidence must be both sufficient and exhibit logically valid inductive
and/or deductive reasoning. Any use of authority or analogy for support
should be logically valid; all points of support should be appropriately
selected and emphasized to be convincing to the intended audience. (20%)
- Counterarguments: are appropriate and given reasonable weight
and consideration in your essay, including valid evidence in their support.
Counterarguments should directly address the reasoning provided in support
of your claim. (20%)
- Rebuttal: responds to the counterarguments not by simply
restating your previous arguments but by presenting new evidence and
reasoning; concessions or refutations should show valid reasoning and
serve to strengthen support for the claim or the audience’s perception of the
writer’s ethos or credibility. (10%)
- Conclusion: may restate your main claim and argumentation;
focus on a specific instance that illustrates your argument; finish with a
memorable quotation that reinforces your main argument; and should try to
come up with an evocative thought that will leave the issue lingering in
the reader’s mind. (10%)
- Coherence and Focus: reveals a clear line of reasoning;
individual paragraphs are logically organized; transitional words and
phrases accurately indicate relation of ideas; and source material is
clearly and accurately synthesized. The essay maintains a consistent focus
on its topic and purpose throughout—that is, everything included in essay
serves to support, explain, or illustrate the argument; assumptions about
what the intended audience knows or believes about the topic are
- Presentation and Style: create an appropriate title, and share correct information on
the first page. Edit to ensure a minimum or no typos. Use appropriate academic tone and
language; a clear and precise expression of ideas; a fluent writing style
that avoids colloquialisms and contractions; and avoid fragments of
sentences and syntactical ambiguity. (10%)
- Introduction ___
out of 10
- Claim ___
out of 10
- Argument ___
out of 20
- Counterarguments: ___
out of 20
- Rebuttal ___
out of 10
- Conclusion ___
out of 10
- Coherence and Focus ___ out
- Presentation and Style ___ out of 10
Total _____ %
Outline of the paper:
Topic : The Legalization of Marijuana – Outline
Statement: The legalization of marijuana has positive impacts
on the criminal justice that result from the reduced crime rates and cost of
incarceration of users, as well as increased chances of low-income families to
experience upward social mobility. Also, the economic benefits that are
accruable to the local and state governments outweigh the cost of the
implementation of the policy.
for the Legalization of Marijuana
against the Legalization of Marijuana