In a 6-page essay (double spaced and in an 11 or 12 point standard font –Times New Roman or Arial), analyze a political and/or social problem and suggest possible solutions to the problem you analyze.
All essays must:
- Identify a problem
- Justify the choice of the problem
- Offer solutions to eliminate this problem
- Discuss how at least two of the authors we read in this course would view the social problem
- Discuss the solutions that the same two authors might propose to correct the social problem
- Evaluate these solutions (discuss the pros and cons)
- Have a thesis statement
- Refute counter-arguments
Continue to follow the structure of a six-paragraph argumentative essay in the following ways:
- Your introduction (first paragraph) should begin with an identification of the problem and a justification for choosing the problem. In your justification, discuss how at least two of the authors we read in this course would view the social problem. The thesis statement should offer three solutions to eliminate the problem, briefly mentioning which of the two authors you draw from, or oppose, for each solution you offer.
- In the next three paragraphs, elaborate on the three solutions you offer, demonstrating the strengths of these solutions and drawing from the two authors you’ve mentioned to support your points. Be sure to quote from the appropriate texts, in moderation.
- In the fifth paragraph, refute counter-arguments by acknowledging some of the weaknesses of your proposed solutions and the strengths of other solutions that the two authors might propose. But argue that the strengths of your solutions outweigh the weaknesses. In doing so, point out the weaknesses in the other solutions the two authors might propose.
- In the sixth and last paragraph, restate your thesis and provide an overarching insight into the two theorists’ relevance for current social or political problems.
- Remember that this essay should be twice as long as Essay 2 or Essay 3 (which were 3 pages each). So each paragraph should be longer. If you end up having more than six paragraphs, that’s acceptable, as long as your essay follows the structure of a six-paragraph argumentative essay.
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||02/22/2014 12:00 am