Over the course of the last few units, you have been working on crafting the argument
for your Argument Essay. You will now write an argument essay that answers one of
The essay should answer ONE of these questions:
1. Should there be a standard American minimum wage in all states?
2. Should screen time be limited for children?
3. Should American citizens be required to serve on a jury?
Each of the above questions relate to one of the issues you have already written about
in the Unit 4 Assignment: Pro and Con of an Issue. Now, choose one side of the issue
to develop into an argument essay.
You should answer ONE of the above questions in a well-thought out and developed
argument essay with:
• A clear introduction that sets up the issue, explains your topics, and ends with your
• Body paragraphs focusing on one topic in support of your argument in each paragraph.
o You need three reliable and academic sources for this assignment in support of
your argument. You should include evidence that is directly quoted, paraphrased,
or summarized to support each topic. The evidence should have appropriate intext citations.
o You will typically want to include one piece of evidence in the body of each
paragraph, as you did in the paragraph and pro/con assignment. You are not
required to include a source about the counterargument (other side of your
argument), but you may if you would like.
• Then, end with a conclusion that wraps up your essay’s argument and leaves the reader
with something to consider about your issue.
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• Include a references page for the three sources you used in your essay.
You can use the ideas from your Pro/Con paragraphs in your argument essay, but
they should be revised and reworded so that you are not just resubmitting your
Unit 4 assignment.
Argument Essay and Third Person, Objective Writing
We have probably all had to argue for a position we held. What makes someone
receptive to your argument? Normally, the audience is more willing to listen to your
position if you argue for it objectively and avoid unreasonable, argumentative tactics.
Your argument needs to be logical and fair, giving people the ability to disagree with
Your argument also should be written in the third person to show that you can be
objective, meaning you use “He,” “she,” “they,” “people,” “one” and do not use “I,” “me,”
“we,” “us,” “our,” “you,” and “your.”
• Create an argument essay that answers ONE of the above questions.
• You should have a well-articulated argument essay with an introduction, body
paragraphs (with evidence), conclusion, and a references page.
• Please submit a Microsoft Word document or PDF.
• The essay should be three to four pages in length with an additional APA-style
title and reference pages. The document should follow proper APA style
formatting (Times New Roman, 12 font suggested) with 1-inch margins and
• Include three (3) sources in your essay that are reliable and academic.
o Make sure you have at least three (3) in-text citations where you have
directly quoted, paraphrased, or summarized material from the sources.
You will need corresponding references for each of these sources that
match the in-text citations.
• You need an introduction and conclusion for this essay. Remember the
introduction sets up the essay and ends with the thesis statement. The
conclusion sums up the essay and restates the thesis in a different way. The
introduction and conclusion should not be exact replicas of each other.
• Your body paragraphs should each focus on one topic that supports your
• Your writing should be free of punctuation, spelling, and grammar errors and
contain appropriate word choice for an academic setting with clear sentence