Everything is an argument: it can be any text – written, spoken, aural, or visual – that expresses a point of view. You need to read to know and understand and use the arts of rhetoric to be able to get your ideas across effectively and persuasively. Listen to understand where others are coming from and acknowledge that our own stances are deeply influenced by forces we may not even be aware of. We tend to hear only from people who think as we do, act as we act, believe as we believe. Learning to listen rhetorically and finding some small commonality is usually a better way to argue constructively.
There are many reasons to argue: to win something; to plead for something; to identify, explore, and solve problems.
Select a topic from the list below:
The first five choices are topics influenced by the text Monsters, Fountainhead Press V Series.
‘Others’ (us) and ‘Othering’ (them) show how society divides entities. Explore other aspects/situations where the idea of ‘us’ and ‘them’ occur in today’s political/social society. How do these situations affect society/individuals?
In campaign wars (in particular), is it acceptable to use the adage “All’s fair in love and war”? Is there a line of acceptability and when crossed, is unacceptable? Where does the word “ugly” come in to play as ‘enough is enough’ or are there ‘no holds barred’?
Who are the ‘monsters’ in the Bible (other doctrines)? Do they represent the ‘wrath of God,’ or to instill fear to be a submissive society, or something else? How has mythology played a hand?
What monsters have been used to teach a lesson to the young? Why were they used? What results were established? Is the use of fear (“the boogeyman will get you!”) used in other ways in society? How and why?
Investigate why horror films, books, other media are so popular? Why are so many not ‘put off’ by the gore and horror scenes and depictions? Are all the monsters depicted to be feared? What is their purpose? What messages do they bring? Do any stories have a moral message?
OR Select a topic from the list below:
At some time in our lives we may have a terrible wrong done to us as a person or family. Can true forgiveness ease your conscience and make you a better person? Or is forgiveness something you could not contemplate?
Is history set in stone? How has technology or other discoveries made changes? Who are we supposed to believe?
Should the rich be able to buy anything and everything, or are there limits that should/are not for ‘sale’? Why should a person’s merits be overlooked when dollars sell them out?
Should debt be a crime? Explore the laws and who gets caught up in the net? How do most people get into debt and who is to blame? Are the debt laws justified?
Does today’s generation need a ‘digital detox’? Is there a reason to slow down the need for so much technology at our fingertips? Do you believe there is evidence of addiction (gaming, trolling the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)?
Your paper will meet the following criteria:
A full eight to ten (8 – 10) typed double-spaced pages. (Loss of points if less than the full 8 pages.)
MLA formatting (in-text citations, Works Cited page, margins, and overall format.)
Six (6) reputable/scholarly outside sources. (No blogs. .com’s, or Wikipedia.)
Works Cited page. (On its own page and not included in the page or word count.)
A complete Outline. (Not included with the final essay paper, but handed in beforehand.)
Annotated Bibliography with at least the six (6) sources used. (On its own page and not included in the page or word count.)
Introductory paragraph with hook. (Quote or interesting fact, cited if needed.)
Thesis statement with sub-points. (Includes the claim you are making.)
Appropriate transitions within and between paragraphs. (Change topic = change paragraph.)
Counterargument and refutation or concession.
Concluding paragraph that emphasizes the importance of knowing the facts presented. (Avoid simply repeating the thesis and key points.) Make it thought-provoking.
Avoidance of first and second person (unless a section is your own experience used.)
Effective sentencing and vocabulary usage.
Effective mechanics. (Spelling, grammar, punctuation).

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