English 1301


Discussion 5.1
You should have already chosen a topic for your final essay.  Now, you need to explore the multiple viewpoints associated with that topic. Go to the discussion board and write a brief essay (300 words minimum) summarizing some of the multiple viewpoints associated with that topic (for and against, pro and con).  At the end of your essay, present your own opinion on the topic in the form of a thesis statement or arguable claim.  Refer to the previous video lesson on constructing an arguable thesis to help you.
As you respond to your peers (2 replies, 100 words each), try to fill in any gaps you see in their understanding of the pros and cons of the issue.  In addition, evaluate the thesis statement.  Does it make a limited and arguable claim about the topic or issue?  If not, suggest ways to improve the thesis.

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These are the vocabulary words for Unit 5.  Remember to incorporate them into your Discussion Board in this unit.
Plausible       Objectivity       Substantiated
Integrity         Effusive          Superfluous
Sanction       Fabricated      Ambiguous

Learning Activity: Choosing a Topic

Choosing a TopicAs you move through this unit you will need to have in mind a topic about which you want to research and argue.  You will choose your topics from the Opposing Viewpoints database available through the DCCCD libraries. The link below will take you to the database:  

Scroll down to “Opposing Viewpoints.” When you get to the “Opposing Viewpoints” page you should see a login screen that asks for your DCCCD email and your eConnect password. If you are having trouble  check the tab “Updates on Using Library Databases” in the Unit 5 assignment page. You can also contact the library reference dest at 972-238-6082 if you are having problems. I do not have any login codes for students.
If all of this fails, you can proceed without using the databases. Check the topics listed below, select one, and do your own research.
Here is a list of issues that you are to choose from for your final essay.  The topics are as follows:
U.S. Borders (Emigration & Immigration)

Cuba & Immigration
Children of illegal immigrants
 Social Justice

Civil Rights
Popular Culture

Culture of Beauty
Celebrity Culture
Renewable Energy
Animal Experimentation
Technology & Education
Criminal Justice
Millennial Generation
Genetically Modified Foods
Browse these topics and select one that you are interested in writing about.  This topic will be the focus of your individual assignments in this unit.

Writer’s Notebook 5.1
For this Writer’s Notebook assignment, you will be practicing paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting. First, you should choose an article that you will be using as a source for your Argument essay. Then, you should find three different pieces of evidence that you might use in your essay as support material. Complete the Writer’s Notebook in 4 steps as explained below:
1. Create a “quotation sandwich” out of one of the pieces of evidence. 
2. Paraphrase a different piece of evidence. Include both the original and your paraphrase for comparison.
3. Summarize another piece of evidence. Again, include the original and your summary.
4. Include an in-text citation for each! At the end, be sure to include a Works Cited entry for each source.

Writer’s Notebook 5.2


For your final Writer’s notebook in this course, you will create an outline for the argument essay. Use one of the outline templates provided in the previous lesson “Basic Argument Essay Structure.”  You can then use the outline to help you focus and organize the first draft of your argument.
Reasons Followed By Counterarguments
I. Introduction
         Necessary Background
II. First Reason
         Topic Sentence
         Evidence & Explanation
         Wrap-up / connect to the thesis
III. Second Reason (same as above)
IV. Continue with more reasons
V.  Refute Counterarguments (Counterargument
paragraphs can go anywhere, but they often go
toward the end)
VI. Conclusion
          Might include a call to action
          Or a statement of the implications

I. Introduction
          Necessary Background
II. First Reason
          Topic Sentence
III. Refute counterarguments (if necessary)
IV. Second reason (same as II.)
V.  Refute counterarguments (if necessary)
VI. Continue with this pattern
VII. Conclusion
          Might include a call to action
          Or a statement of implications

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