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Your final paper is The Argument Essay, which combines some of the skills and ideas you have been learning and practicing up to this point in the course. You will investigate an issue related to health and well-being, choose appropriate sources, and argue for your position on a narrowly defined issue.

Goals of the Assignment
The goals for this assignment are to learn and practice the following:

*demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives on an issue based on the previous work you’ve done in your arguing proposal
*defining, analyzing, and responding to a particular rhetorical context by evaluating, and choosing appropriate sources
*synthesizing material from a variety of sources, including written texts, personal experience, and field research
*making a sufficiently narrow claim (position) and supporting it with sound reasoning and evidence
*using logical, character and emotional appeals as appropriate
* documenting sources using MLA in-text documentation and works cited

Subject of the Essay
The subject of this essay is a debatable issue related to health and well-being, which you will need to research. All topics need instructor approval.

Purpose of the Essay
To argue in support of a debatable claim (or combination of claims) of fact, value, policy, or cause-effect.

Audience
Depends on the topic

Strategies
Focus your position on a narrowly defined issue which is timely, relevant, and interesting to your audience. Clearly state an overall claim of fact, policy, value, or cause-effect.

Develop your paper to support your claim with sound reasoning; an appropriate balance of logical, character, and emotional appeals; and relevant, sufficient evidence from your research and experience.

Organize the paper to accommodate the rhetorical situation. For help organizing your paper, turn to page 179. Choose a pattern of organization that not only enhances readability but also makes the greatest impact on your audience given your purpose. Write in a style that demonstrates sensitivity to audience, subject, and occasion.

Requirements
the requirements for this essay include:

-Five to seven (5-7) pages, double-spaced. (The works cited page DOES NOT count as a page of your paper.) One-inch margins. Use a legible 12-point font.

-Cite three to six (4-7) written sources. Field sources (close observation/analysis, interview, or survey) may also be used.

Introduction and Thesis: There will be an engaging introduction with an interesting and clearly stated thesis. (33-40 points)

Introduction and Thesis: The introduction and thesis have some interest for the reader. (26-32 points)

Introduction and Thesis: The introduction lacks clarity and may be confusing. (0-25 points)

Appeal to Character: The writer conveys respect for the audience and the opposition. The writer clearly conveys that he or she is trustworthy and conveys good will (see page 410-413). (41-50 points)

Appeal to Character: The writer attempts to convey respect but may not always appear purposeful with the presentation of the argument. (31-40 points)

Appeal to Character: The writer does not always convey respect. The opposition may not be objectively presented. (0 -30 points)

Supporting Arguments: Each supporting paragraph works to fully illuminate the thesis. The effect is that the audience becomes more convinced of the thesis claim with the reading of each paragraph. There aren’t any logical fallacies in the write’s arguments (see pages 415-415). (33-40 points)

Supporting Arguments: The supporting paragraphs may only implicitly illuminate the thesis. The might be a problem with logical fallacies in some of the evidence. (26-32 Points)

Supporting Arguments: The evidence may read like summary or be insufficient. (0-25 points)

Refutation: The writer effectively refutes the opposition’s claim and, while doing so, appeals to character (see page 412-413). (33-40 points)

Refutation: There is some helpful refutation of the opposition. The writer might miss the opportunity to appeal to character (26-32 points)

Refutation: The writer does not effectively refute the opposition. (0-25 points)

Language, Editing and Documentation: The writing will be polished and rich. There will be few if any errors. (25-30 points)

Language, Editing and Documentation: There may be a few distracting errors that affect the reading experience. (21-24 points)

Language, Editing and Documentation: There may be several distracting errors that interfere with the reading experience. (0-20 points)