Quiz- Just answer the questions #1-3
The purpose of this proposal is to let me know your plan for the Toulmin essay. Prior to completing this proposal, please make sure to review the Toulmin assignment directions carefully. These directions can be found in the classroom. The assignment directions are also given below.
The Toulmin assignment directions are as follows:
This essay, not the quiz, should be between 900 and 1000 words. This essay will help you practice what you have learned so far in this course. First, you will choose a topic of interest. Make sure that you choose a topic with two opposing sides. Then, you need to research that topic in order to specify the topic’s scope, so it can be easily discussed in a shorter, 1000-word essay. For example, you may be interested in learning more about traffic issues in the United States. However, that topic is too large to cover in a 1000-word essay. After researching peer reviewed articles that discuss US traffic issues in general, you may discover that the metro system in the District of Columbia is underfunded and underutilized. Through your research, you found that you could make a claim that more funds should be made available in order to upgrade the metro system, which would improve traffic issues in the District of Columbia. This would make for a stronger, specific argument.
The following overused topics may not be used in your essay: gun control, abortion, capital punishment, gay marriage, gays in the military, mandatory drug testing, euthanasia, childhood obesity, women in the military, diets (including the Paleo diet), workout regimens (including CrossFit), underage drinking, and the legalization of marijuana.
This essay must include a minimum of five sources. Three should peer-reviewed sources preferably from the APUS databases. You may use eBooks; however, as discussed earlier this semester, books generally are not as current as peer-reviewed articles. You may also use primary sources (interviews, statistics, etc); however, these primary sources should be obtained from experts within that field. If you cannot find strong sources for your chosen topic, then change your topic. If you have a question about the validity of a source, please email me, or post your question to the open forum.
Make sure to include the following sections in your essay: introduction and claim, background, body, and conclusion. Within the body of your Toumin essay, make sure to include the following in any order: support for your claim, opposing or alternate views, scholarly research, and rebuttals.
After you have written your essay, please make sure to revise the content of your essay. Lastly, be sure to edit your essay by checking grammar, format, and smaller technical details. Please make sure your essay is written in third person.
Please note that this is manually graded so you won’t have an instant grade on this. If you do not receive feedback on any of the five submitted answers, let your instructor know.
Question 1 of 3
Please post your proposed one-sentence thesis statement for this topic.
Remember, this single sentence thesis statement has a clear stance and is never a question.
Question 2 of 3 ***(let me know what you need me to do for this )***
List a peer-reviewed source (for peer-reviewed sources see the “Advanced Search” link just below the Search box on the Library Welcome page) that you plan to use in this essay.
You must include either a short quotation and/or paraphrase with the in-text citation and a works cited entry for this source in MLA form. *Note: To receive credit for this question, the source must be peer-reviewed and correctly cited (a hanging indent is not required to receive credit).
Question 3 of 3
Give a tentative outline for your essay. Remember, your essay must have the following components: introduction, background, support for your claim, opposing views, rebuttals, and a conclusion. Clarify these components in your outline. Your outline may be a topic or sentence outline but must be somewhat concrete.
I Introduction and thesis
II Background Info
a. First example
b. Second etc.
III Support for Claim
a. First example
b. Second example, etc.
IV Opposing View Discussion
a. First possible opposition to claim
b. Second, etc.
V. Your rebuttal to all the points in IV