• April 6th, 2016


Paper, Order, or Assignment Requirements

In your experiences as writers, you have probably been asked to write about
something memorable that happened to you, something that impacted your life, or
someone/something/somewhere who/that meant something significant to you.
These assignments had, at their core, a reliance on narrative voice. But what did
they ultimately achieve? In academic, purpose-driven writing, narratives can be a
powerful tool when carefully wielded – many cultures (including American culture)
use narrative to record history, create personal connections, and establish hierarchies
among members of a community. In academic writing, writers use narrative to
establish a connection with the audience or to communicate strong relationships
with their research and their arguments. Major Critical Writing 3: “Engaging an
Issue through Research, Responsibility, and Experience” focuses on intersecting
narrative, research, and argumentation; providing a meaningful and engaging way
of exploring the affects of a moral, ethical, social, or cultural issue.
Assignment Requirements
Questions of Format: Essay is required to meet all of the assignment criteria: 7-full
pages minimum, five sources minimum (at least three academic sources), in-text
citations (quotes), double-spaced, Works Cited, and MLA Documentation. Also,
students should develop an engaging title that draws the interests of the reader.
Essay Outline Development
Essay will include three sections: Introduction (2-3 full-page minimum),
Responsibility (3 full-page minimum), and Experience (2 full-page minimum).
After the title, students should include the type of issue. See example below:
“To Ban, or Not to Ban: Possession of Assault Weapons for Private Citizens”
(Social and Political Issue)1
Each section of the essay should be subtitled: “Introduction,” “Social
Responsibility,” and “Narrative”
I. Section One: Introduction
The “Introduction” section should be treated like a lengthy introduction where
students introduce and explain the issue. This section should include a thesis
statement that states your position on the issue.
Points to Consider:
a) Thesis (states your position on an issue). Example: The production, sale, and
possession of assault weapons for private citizens should be banned in the
U.S. (Bold print).
b) Present the (moral, ethical, social, or cultural) issue, describe the problem.
c) Provide background information (or history) about the issue.
d) Include one counterargument (addressing the opposite side actually makes
your argument stronger), and the complexities of the problem.
e) Include evidence (academic articles/sources) that help to explain the issue.
II. Section Two: Social Responsibility
The “Social Responsibility” section states your position on the issue. Your
position should include examples and reasoning to establish your position. Based
on how well you argue your position, your argument should encourage your
readers to think more critically about the implications surrounding this particular
problem. Also, this section should be persuasive and move readers to act or
respond in some way.
All specific examples included in assignment guidelines are prohibited. In other
words, students are not allowed to use examples to develop their essay.
Points to Consider:
a) All evidence you present in this section should support your position. Essays
will include three claims. Example of a claim: Keeping assault weapons out
of private citizens’ hands can lower the increasing occurrences of barbaric
public slayings.
b) Reason and evidence to support your claim (students will need to devote at
least two well-developed paragraphs to each claim).
c) The conclusion should bring this section to a logical end. It should explain
what the importance of the issue is in a larger context. Your conclusion
should also reiterate why your topic is worth caring about.
III. Section Three: Narrative
The “Narrative” (a short short story) section explains how the issue has impacted or influenced you. Students will use creative language to create emotional and ethical
appeals to the audience.
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