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"What to Do About..." Choose a political issue and write a 4-5 page (approximately 1700-word) persuasive research essay on it. Use MLA formatting and citation style.
- Your essay must quote and cite: at least one published opinion piece (from a magazine, newspaper, or book) as its “they say”; at least one published work supporting your “I say”; and at least two reputable sources of information (not just random, unaccountable websites) supporting your claims.
- Write again as if for an audience of your contemporaries in a magazine for American college students. You will be graded down if you make unfounded claims your opponents can easily shoot down as Fake News, so support your claims.
- Try using some of the rhetorical techniques we’ve learned (e.g., ethos, pathos, logos, concession, the goldilocks technique, reframing, tactical flaw, appeal to commonplace, using anger, patriotism, emulation, nostalgia, redefinition, definition jujitsu)
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See Murphy Library's Citing sources guide for comprehensive guidance to MLA style.
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