Part 1


Rogerian Assignment Instructions


Instructions: Please carefully read the following assignment details in its entirety. There are many components to this particular assignment, and each component is graded.

This essay should be between 900 and 1000 words.  It must include an annotated bibliography.

First, you will choose a topic of interest that has at least two opposing sides (please do not reuse your Toulmin essay topic). Then, you need to research that topic in order to specify the topic’s scope, so it can be easily discussed in 1000 word essay.

The following overused topics may not be used in your essay:

gun control,

capital punishment,
gay marriage,
gays in the military,
mandatory drug testing,
childhood obesity,
women in the military,
diets (including the Palio diet),
workout regiments (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 in your textbook, 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:

an introduction and claim,
and a conclusion.

Within the body of your essay, make sure to include the following in any order:

The background for your chosen topic,
the opposition - use an academic tone, and do not show bias,
the strengths and weaknesses of your opponents claim,
scholarly research,
your claim -- use an academic tone, and do not show bias,
discuss the warrants for your claim and the opposition in order to find the common ground,
and show the common ground between your opponents claim and your claim.

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.

The Annotated Bibliography

An annotated Bibliography (AB) is due with your Toulmin essay. Using the MLA guide, list each source as it will appear on the Works Cited page of your essay. In two to three sentences summarize the text. I will be checking for grammar as well. This is what makes it an “annotated” bibliography. A sample is shown below.

Annotated Bibliography (Centered)

Clark, Irene L. The Genre of Argument. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace, 1998. Print.

Clark's textbook identifies the major steps to developing a well-researched and well-written argumentative essay. Professional essays are included in the text as models.

Ward, Russ. Logical Argument in the Research Paper. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace, 1997. Print.

Augmenting the steps to writing an argumentative research paper is information about proper documentation. The Toulmin System, an important aspect of a well-planned paper, should be studied carefully.


Part 2



Question 1 of 5

10.0 Points

Please state your proposed topic for the Rogerian essay and briefly explain what the issue is with the topic. Please also state your stance on this issue.

Question 2 of 5

10.0 Points

State your proposed thesis statement for this topic. Remember, your thesis statement is a complete sentence

Question 3 of 5

10.0 Points

List a peer-reviewed source that you plan to use in this essay. You must show both an in-text and a works cited citation for this source. *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 4 of 5

10.0 Points

Give a tentative outline for your essay. Remember, your essay must have the following components: introduction and claim, background, the opposition (given without bias), claim, warrants for both your claim and the opposition, the common ground between your claim and the opposition, the conclusion. Clarify these components in your outline. Your outline may be a topic or sentence outline.


Question 5 of 5

10.0 Points

Explain why you chose this topic. Is this an issue that affects you somehow? Is this an area of interest for you in your studies? To receive credit for your response, you must use complete sentences.




Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 01/10/2015 12:00 pm
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