contrast and argumentative

Contrast Argument Assignment

Assignment: For this assignment, you will be an argument essay that shows the contrasting points of view between two texts that address a common issue.

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Topics: You will read three sets of essays. While you cannot use the essays that discuss online classes, you must choose one set of essays from the three choices listed below:

“Electroconvulsive Therapy Can Be Helpful” and “Electroconvulsive Therapy Must Be Stopped”
“Point: Alternative Medicine is Unscientific, Unproven and Unsafe” and “Counterpoint: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Techniques Provide Innovative Health Benefits.”
“Point: Secure Airports Ensure a Secure Nation” and “Counterpoint: Airport Security & Body Scanners Are Intrusive & Ineffectual “
Purpose: You must use a persuasive approach to this essay. After examining both essays in the set, you should make a decision about which author(s) makes a stronger argument. You will then attempt to persuade your audience to favor your position.

Audience and Tone: You will address a hostile audience- one that is in favor of the opposing side that you chose to support. Therefore, you need to convince your readers to change their position and favor the argument you favor. Be careful that your tone/word choice does not appear too abrasive to the reader. You want to be convincing, but you do not want to sound overbearing to the reader.

Thesis: You need to state who makes the stronger argument. You should include the names of the authors and say with whom you agree more. You can also include why you think one author(s) is more convincing than the other author(s).

Supporting details: For the body of the essay, you should find common points discussed in the essays and contrast the differing viewpoints. You may want to introduce the opposing viewpoint and then present the side you favor in order to reinforce your thesis and refute the opposition.

For the outline: The minimum amount of contrast points that you must raise for this paper is three, but if you find more points you may include them. Please set up your outline in a point-by-point organizational structure and include the elements listed below:

Specific topic
Thesis statement-your position on the issue in specific language
Name of Contrast Point #1*
One side of the issue- quotes from first article
Other side of the issue-quotes from second article
Name of Contrast Point #2*
One side of the issue-quotes from first article
Other side of the issue-quotes from second article
Name of Contrast Point #3*
One side of the issue- quotes from first article
Other side of the issue-quotes from second article
Concluding ideas
*You will need to expand upon the points with supporting details from the articles when you write your draft.

For the final draft: Write this paper from a 3rd person perspective. Please be sure your peer review and final drafts are typed, double-spaced and in Times New Roman 11 or 12 point font and follow MLA format. The final draft should be three pages in length. If you are writing less than that, you probably do not have enough information or insight included in the paper.

Grading system: The rubric below will serve as the breakdown for your grade for this paper. All categories include the number of points allocated to each section and questions to ask yourself during the group review and final revision. Please email me if you have questions or concerns.

Introduction (10 points)-How effective is the “hook?” Does the introduction explain the essay and its purpose? Is a thesis statement included?
Thesis (10 points) – Is there a clear stance about the favored argument? Are all authors mentioned in the thesis?
Points of Contrast (15 points) – Are there 3 points of contrast addressed? Is each side (favored and opposing) explained in detail for each point? Are the bases concurrent for each point?) Does the topic sentence present each contrast clearly?
Evidence, Support & Documentation (45 points) – Does the writer quote, paraphrase, or summarize from the essays correctly? Are both essays quoted and explained in the paragraph? Does the writer analyze and explain the contrast in detail and argue for the position effectively? Are there additional examples included to support the contrast?
Tone, Word Choice and Audience Awareness (10 points)-How does the writer’s word choice affect the tone and is it appropriate for a hostile audience?
Transitions (5 points)-Are the transitions between paragraphs strong- leading the reader smoothly from one idea to the next with no abrupt changes?
Conclusion (5 points)-Does the conclusion reinforce the thesis? How effective is it?
Grammar/Spelling/Usage/Punctuation- (1/2 point for each error beyond 3 per page)
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