MSU English 100 Writing I
MSU English 200 Writing II
"To unpathed waters, undreamed shores..." --Shakespeare
Kentucky Writing Project
Daily Language Practice
Theme, Character, and Point of View
Eng II Vocab
MSU ENG 100
Essay 1 Outline
MSU ENG 200
Poetry & Reader Response Schedule
Final Essay 4: The Academic Argument
(Due by Tuesday, November 20)
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TYPE YOUR NAME, then ENTER. State the thesis of your academic argument completely (remember, this must be compelling, debatable, and defensible).
Specify whom you will be addressing through your argument. Remember, you must consider that your audience includes educated people already engaged in discussing your topic. What interest or investment do they have in the issue? Why will they (or should they) be concerned?
Discuss the current academic conversation surrounding this argument. Reference your early research: What controversies surround your topic? Where do scholars agree and disagree? What key issues seem to be at stake?
Assess the gaps in your own knowledge of this topic. What kinds of research must you gather and compile (researching legal issues? consulting experts? conducting field research?) to write more formally in support of your claim?
Briefly identify and explore the major counterarguments that you might expect in response to your argument.
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