This paper represents the culmination of your work this semester, and thusly you shouldn’t see this assignment as a wholly new one that’s separate from your previous projects.  While this assignment asks you to take an argumentative position within your researched topic, you will also need to revisit much of the information, and many of the skills we’ve been working with/on all semester (some are listed in the next paragraph).  The argument you take up will culminate in possible measures that have and could be taken to help improve the current state of the problem (not “fix.”  Remember, if your social concern is as complex as you’ll argue early in your paper, then there will be no easy fix-all solution).
You will need to convincingly present your researched social problem, the peoples affected by it, and the system that causes or perpetuates it.  And you will need to engage with your research (scholars, popular culture, other artifacts that serve as evidence or authorities in the discussion) while evaluating, synthesizing, and providing proper in-text citation attributions.  Each of these skills have been practiced in the past few months, and so while some of the information you include may feel repetitive to you, remember that what you produce here should be the best version of past work.

  1. Define the socio-cultural issue and a system you see has having an influentially negative effect in its persistence.
  2. Persuade readers that it indeed exists and warrants attention.
  3. Weigh in on the current scholarly, popular, historical debate surrounding the issue.
  4. Proceed to propose and evaluate alternative solutions to this problem before offering one or two primary solutions.
  5. You have an option to predict what may happen in the future with regard to the dilemma. What will happen if we do nothing?  What will occur if certain actions are taken/ are allowed to happen?
  6. Includes an Argumentative Thesis in which you now reveal your own position about the topic.
  7. Generate creative (though not far-fetched, obvious, impossible, or ineffectual approaches to addressing the issue.
    1. You might consider a middle ground synthesized from existing ideas or methods (offered by your sources) of curbing the issue.


  • 7-10 typed pages
  • 8-12 sources (one or more of each source type—Newspaper or Magazine, a book or a chapter from a book, peer reviewed article, web source).
  • MLA format
  • Audience: General Academic (including your peers).
  • Genre example of an Argumentative Research Essay


  • Satisfactory demonstration of the cumulative efforts of the previous units.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of how to logically organize an argumentative research essay.
  • Includes an arguable thesis in which you identify your own position, and offer a roadmap of development, charting the essay’s course and focus.
  • Offers supportive evidence (8-12) to backup claims, and presents a balance of material that examines multiple angles of the issue (both demonstrating your ability to see the broader complicated issue, and proving your topic’s worthiness in the process).
  • Adequately synthesizes the evidence provided (we did much of this legwork during unit 3).
  • MLA Format
  • Utilizes Stylistic Principals in consideration of argument and audience.
  • Standard English with few or no grammar, syntax, or spelling issues.