A specific claim that promotes your position (side) on how your topic/issue is a problem in North Carolina – Remember, argument is based around the idea that people disagree and/or take various sides on an issue. You need to take a firm stand on how your topic is a problem in our state. Do not simply state a fact, like, “There are many homeless people in North Carolina.” This is not an argument. It is a fact that has been proven with research. However, you could argue, “The increasing homeless population in North Carolina is largely due to mental health issues that are not properly addressed because of state laws.”
Logical reasoning and evidence that prove your claim – You need to craft an organized and logical argument that proves your claim. You must present sound reasoning that is supported with scholarly, relevant and recent evidence. It is also important how your present this information, meaning the research you use should not take the place of your own writing. Remember, research is there to support YOUR reasoning, not take the place of it.
You understand opposing claims/points of view and can refute them – You need to show that you understand the varying points of view on your topic, and that you can analyze, paraphrase or summarize them. Also, you are able to refute these opposing claims using logic, reasoning and evidence (not simply stating that others are “wrong” in their opinion).
The use of a table, graph or infographic that adds emphasis to your argument – Select a relevant and recent table, graph or infographic from a source to incorporate into your argument. It should be tied to your reasoning and used as evidence to support your claim. Properly cite it using MLA citation. *Only use one and it can not be larger than the size of a normal paragraph. Carefully consider the sequence, structure and design of your argument when placing the infographic into your essay.
You understand your college-level audience and write to them in an objective, high style using clear, concise language – Even though this argument is based off your own opinion, you still need to write in a formal manner. Don’t use wording that “hedges” your argument, like, “I believe” and “I think.” Write in a confident tone. You are the authority of this argument. Do not rely on sources too much or have sources take over your essay. Your research should support your voice, not replace your voice as the authority in this argument. You want to continue to show that you have progressed in your writing through this semester. It should be clear, concise and virtually free of basic errors in grammar and mechanics.
You understand how to properly create a full citation and in-text citation using MLA guidelines.
Write a five-page argument paper (not including your Works Cited page) that focuses on proving your topic is a problem in North Carolina
Use MLA citation
Incorporate and properly cite a minimum of 5 sources – 2 of them MUST be new sources (not used in any of the previous writing assignments) and 2 MUST be from the library databases
Incorporate one table, graph or infographic from a cited source that is relevant to your argument