- Select a topic that you feel you are comfortable writing about. Be sure to consider your knowledge and understanding of this topic.
- Begin researching this topic through the library database and find out what “others” (scholars) have to say about this topic.
- Develop a claim that expresses your position on this subject. Place the claim as the last sentence in the introductory paragraph.
- Select “reasons” to support your position – no more than 3 reasons for the scope of this paper.
The Essay will be 4 – 5 pages (double-spaced, New Times Roman font 12) in MLA format.
Purpose: To convince readers that your position is logical, well-reasoned, and effective. You are either going to focus on the causes or the effects of the topic.
Audience: Universal Audience—individuals who have some college education and who are reasonable. This is a group of people who are fair-minded and are interested in reading what you have to offer them.
Essay Layout: Use MLA formatting precisely
· Include a claim (position statement) that is placed as the last sentence in the introduction.
· Write in third person—no first or second person pronouns (no I, we, you, etc.)
· Avoid contractions
· Select words that are appropriate and effective for convincing the audience.
Length—from 4 to 5 pages