Position paper prompt:
Why is it important to discuss this topic now? What events or situations have instigated your intervention? What information, perspectives, or ideas can you add to the conversation, so that you are not simply rehashing common arguments?
You may wish to structure your essay similarly to editorials, such as those found in The New York Times. Since this paper focuses on the persuasive nature of writing, during the process of drafting and revising, you will need to develop a specific thesis statement and support for it based on the kinds of sources you find.
Your paper should use the key features of an argument and the rhetorical strategies that your textbook covers and that you read for class (in particular, see Chapters 4-11 in your textbook). It should show a clear sense of purpose and audience.
Specific guidelines to follow when completing this assignment are:
- The essay should 1350+ words long
- Creative title
- 8 sources max. (it is up to you as a writer to consider the rhetorical situation of your paper and decide the minimum number of sources you need to write a compelling paper).
- NO BLOCK QUOTES.
- Double-spaced, standard one-inch margins, Times New Roman font, utilizing 12-point font size
Tips for success:
- Begin with an idea of the argument you wish to make, but be open to modifying that argument
according to the kinds of sources you find to support it.
- Consider what readers already think, know, and feel about your topic. You can use a careful
understanding of your audience to help open space for new ideas and ways of thinking about common problems.
- Narrow down your topic as much possible, based on the evidence you find. Readers often find broad topics confusing and uninteresting.