Argumentative Paper


What to Write

You are joining an ongoing conversation about an important issue in early American history. Based on the research you conducted for Writing Project 2, take a stand on a key aspect of this topic. Consider how your argument provides a unique and fresh contribution to this ongoing conversation. Prove your thesis by constructing a well organized argument using the Argumentative Guide and by using effective rhetorical devices.

To Help You Get Started...

Respond to the following brainstorming prompts to help you begin drafting, clarify key points and to formulate a thesis:

  • Provide historical context. What sequence of events occurred that led to the event or issue?
  • Based on your previous research, who are the key players and what are their perspectives?
  • What is the political context of the issue? How did this issue play out in the political arena?
  • What is your stand or perspective? What is the key argument you wish to prove?
  • What historical evidence supports your thesis (at least three main pillars of your argument)?
  • Are there historians or groups who would disagree with you? What are their views? How can you refute their arguments?
  • Why is this historical issue still relevant today? Why should your audience care?

Project Document Requirements

  • The paper must follow the MLA academic method of documentation. Papers without proper academic documentation will receive an automatic grade of "Zero."
  • In order to meet the requirements of the assignment, 6-8 pages are likely needed, typed, double-spaced, 12" font.
  • You will likely need in the range of 6-8 sources for this paper. Focus on locating books from the library or articles from the databases for your historical research. Use the Triad C Library Guide and AVOID GOOGLE BASED SEARCHES. At least one of your sources that you use as evidence to support your argument must be a primary source document.
  • You must construct your paper using the Argumentative Guide as your outline.
  • This paper will require multiple drafts, including evidence of peer response and including a fully evolved draft that you will present at a writing conference with your instructor.
  • Ultimately, this paper will be the basis for your part of the Group Presentation.