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Why or why not should your state allow mail-in voting for all elections?

Due Date: 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday of Unit 7
Points: 100
Overview:
Over the course of the last few units, you have been working on crafting the argument
for your Argument Essay. You will now write an argument essay that answers one of
these questions.
The essay should answer ONE of these questions:

  1. Why or why not should your state allow mail-in voting for all elections?
  2. Why or why not should college be free for students to attend?
  3. Why or why not should people embrace being a vegetarian?
    Now that you have written about the pros/cons of the issue in your Unit 4 Assignment,
    choose one side of the issue.You should answer ONE of the above questions in a wellthought out and developed argument essay with:
    • A clear introduction that sets up the issue, explains your topics, and ends with your
    thesis statement.
    • Body paragraphs focusing on one topic in support of your argument in each paragraph.
    o You need three reliable and academic sources for this assignment in support of
    your argument. You should include evidence that is direct quoted, paraphrased,
    or summarized to support each topic. The evidence should have the appropriate
    in-text citation.
    o You will typically want to include one piece of evidence in each body paragraph,
    as you did in the paragraph and pro/con assignment. You are not required to
    include a source about the counterargument (other side of your argument), but
    you may if you would like.
    • Then, end with a conclusion that wraps up your essay’s argument and leaves the reader
    with something to consider about your issue.
    • Include a references page for the three sources you used in your essay.

  4. Argument Essay
    You can use the ideas from your Pro/Con paragraphs in your argument essay, but they
    should be revised and reworded so that you are not just resubmitting your Unit 4
    assignment.
    Argument Essay and Third Person, Objective Writing
    We have probably all had to argue for a position we held. What makes someone
    receptive to your argument? Normally, the audience is more willing to listen to your
    position if you argue for it objectively and avoid unreasonable, argumentative tactics.
    Your argument needs to be logical and fair, giving people the ability to disagree with
    you.
    Your argument also should be written in the third person to show that you can be
    objective, meaning you use “He,” “she,” “they,” “people,” “one” and do not use “I,” “me,”
    “we,” “us,” “our,” “you,” and “your.”
    Instructions:
    • Create an argument essay that answers ONE of the above questions.
    • You should have a well articulated argument essay with an introduction, body
    paragraphs (with evidence), conclusion, and a references page.
    Requirements:
    • Please submit a Microsoft Word document or PDF.
    • The essay should be three to four pages in length with an additional APA-style
    title and reference pages. The document should follow proper APA style
    formatting (Times New Roman, 12 font suggested) with 1-inch margins and
    double spaced.
    • Include three (3) sources in your essay that are reliable and academic.
    o Make sure you have at least three (3) in-text citations where you have
    direct quoted, paraphrased or summarized material from the sources.
    You will need corresponding references for each of these sources that
    match the in-text citations.
    • You need an introduction and conclusion for this essay. Remember the
    introduction sets up the essay and ends with the thesis statement. The
    conclusion sums up the essay and restates the thesis in a different way. The
    introduction and conclusion should not be exact replicas of each other.
    • Your body paragraphs should each focus on one topic that supports your
    argument.
    • Your writing should be free of punctuation, spelling, and grammar errors and
    contain appropriate word choice for an academic setting with clear sentence
    structure.
    Be sure to read the criteria by which your work will be evaluated before you write
    and again after you write.
    Evaluation Rubric for the Argument Essay Assignment
    CRITERIA Novice Needs
    Improvement Proficient Exemplary
    (0-11 points) (12-15 points) (16-17 points) (18-20 points)
    Introduction and
    Conclusion
    Introduction and/or
    the conclusion are
    not present.
    Introduction/
    conclusion are
    very hard to
    understand and
    significantly
    missing details.
    Introduction and
    conclusion are
    attempted. The
    introduction and
    conclusion may be
    lacking details to
    properly set up and
    then wrap up the
    essay. The
    introduction/
    conclusion are not
    related.
    Introduction and
    conclusion nicely
    set up and wrap up
    the essay. The
    introduction/
    conclusion could
    relate better.
    Introduction and
    conclusion effectively
    set up and wrap up
    the essay. The
    introduction/
    conclusion relate well
    to each other.
    Organization and
    Structure
    Many details are
    not in a logical or
    expected order.
    The paper does
    not use
    paragraphs and
    does not focus on
    the assigned
    argument issue.
    Writing may have
    some discernible
    organization, but
    some details are not
    in a logical or
    expected order. The
    paper uses
    paragraphs
    ineffectively and
    lacks focus on the
    assigned argument
    issue.
    Writing is
    organized, and
    details are placed
    in a logical order.
    Paragraphs are
    mostly used
    effectively and
    generally focus well
    on the assignment
    argument issue.
    Writing is effective,
    purposeful, and wellorganized.
    Paragraphs are used
    effectively and focus
    well on the assigned
    argument issue.
    Argument Fails to develop
    argument(s). No
    clear thesis to
    highlight the
    argument.
    Some argument(s)
    are developed, but
    may be missing one
    or need further
    elaboration. Thesis
    attempts to highlight
    the argument,
    though clarification
    is needed.
    Develops most
    argument(s).
    Thesis highlights
    the argument with
    only minor need for
    clarification.
    Fully develops
    argument(s) fairly.
    Thesis highlights the
    argument well.
    Resources and
    Citations
    No reliable and
    academic
    resources used.
    Resources do not
    relate to the
    argument and/or
    are not properly
    1 reliable and
    academic resource
    used. Resources
    generally relate to
    the argument but
    may not be properly
    formatted in the
    assignment.
    2 reliable and
    academic
    resources
    used. Resources
    relate to the
    argument, and for
    the most part, are
    3 reliable and
    academic resources
    used. Resources
    effectively relate to
    the argument and are
    properly formatted in
    the assignment.
    CRITERIA Novice Needs
    Improvement Proficient Exemplary
    formatted in the
    assignment.
    properly formatted
    in the assignment.
    (0-5 points) (6-7 points) (8 points) (9-10 points)
    Paper Length Significantly less
    than 1 page or
    significantly more
    than 4 pages.
    Only 1-2 pages in
    length.
    Only 2-3 pages in
    length.
    3 to 4 pages in
    length.
    Clear and
    Professional
    Writing and APA
    Format
    Writing is hard to
    understand
    because of errors
    in grammar,
    spelling, and
    punctuation. Word
    choice is
    inappropriate for
    an academic
    setting. Sentence
    structure is often
    unclear. Paper
    rarely or does not
    use the thirdperson
    perspective and
    an objective tone.
    APA format is not
    followed.
    Writing is sometimes
    difficult to
    understand because
    of several errors in
    grammar,
    punctuation, and
    spelling. Word
    choice is sometimes
    inappropriate for an
    academic setting.
    Sentence structure
    is sometimes
    unclear. Paper
    inconsistently uses a
    third-person
    perspective and
    objective tone. APA
    format is sometimes
    followed.
    Writing is easy to
    understand despite
    minor errors in
    punctuation,
    spelling, and
    grammar.
    Appropriate word
    choice is used for
    an academic
    setting. Sentence
    structure is mostly
    clear. Paper mostly
    uses a third-person
    perspective and
    objective tone. APA
    format is mostly
    followed.
    Writing is free of
    almost all
    punctuation, spelling,
    and grammar errors.
    Appropriate word
    choice is used for an
    academic setting.
    Sentence structure is
    clear. Paper is written
    in the third-person
    perspective with an
    objective tone. APA
    format is followed.

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