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Formal Argumentative Paper Assignment

Formal Argumentative Paper Assignment

Requirements for Assignment:

  • Write a 4-6 page argumentative paper.
  • Your thesis & topic should argue a certain point you wish to make. Convince the reader why your argument and viewpoint is correct, and back it up with sources and evidence.
  • Your paper topic may be historical or modern.
  • Include a works cited with your sources, at least four. Two primary and two secondary at a minimum.


How To Choose A Topic:

  • Either choose a topic/historical era we have covered throughout the course OR a similar topic relating to the course.
  • Your main question to answer will depend on your interests, and will vary by the individual. If you are having trouble deciding, please speak with me or email me.
  • Examples of paper topics:
    • Lessons world wars have taught us.
    • Why do empires rise and fall?
    • Mutual influence of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures.
    • How did the Church had more influence in Europe than monarchs?
    • The most consequential event(s) in U.S. history was/were….


Some Recommendations for the Writing Process:

  • Do not procrastinate.
  • Finalize your sources.
    • To the best of your ability, finish the annotated bibliography assignment with some careful thought and care. If you need to alter these after your submission, feel free. It’s all part of the research and writing process.
  • Outline your potential essay.
    • Understand what your thesis will be, sources, arguments, etc. Try to outline what each page will discuss.
  • Revise…revise…revise!
    • You will go through many drafts before you will feel confident with your work. Please do not wait until the night of to turn in “the most magnificent essay I have ever written in under three hours.”
  • Check your spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage of paragraph transition words.
  • Proofread to make sure everything makes sense.
  • Do not look at the essay for a day or two.
  • Come back to proofread again.
    • Often times your brain will reinforce your written words to the point where it sounds great. Then when you reread the material at a later date, you may want to make revisions.
  • Feel free to email your classmates a copy for helpful edits.

Last Updated on November 14, 2019

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