English Argumentative Essay



Write an extended summary of the essay (“they say”) as well as your response to the arguments made (“I say”). You can use additional essays as support for your ideas, but you should construct your own argument in response to one particular author.

You will likely need to use quotes. Remember, “Quoting someone else’s words gives a tremendous amount of credibility to your summary and helps ensure that it is fair and accurate”.

David Zinczenko, “Don’t Blame The Eater” http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/23/opinion/don-t-blame-the-eater.html



  • The summary is thorough and clear. It is unbiased, but it previews your own point of view and prepares your reader for your response. 20 points.
  • The issues in the original text to which you are responding are represented fairly, accurately and completely. 20 points.
  • Your response to the argument in the original text is clear, appropriate, and relevant to the discussion. 20 points.
  • The essay is well-organized (refer to the Information rubric). It leads readers from one point to the next, makes connections between ideas, and makes those connections easy to follow. 20 points
  • The essay is well written from start to finish, without errors in spelling, grammar, or use of English.10 points
  • The paper is presented using MLA format. Any references used are cited using MLA guidelines, with proper in-text citations as well as a Works Cited Page. 10 points.

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