Taking a Position on Some Issue

16Jan 2022 by

Pick one of the following issues and compose an argument that takes a position on ONE of the issues listed below. you should have a clear understanding of the Toulmin Model of argumentation which provides an excellent structure for organizing an argument. Most importantly, you must provide a rebuttal of the opposing viewpoint if there is a reasonable one.
Topics:
1)Should community colleges be free throughout the US?
2) Should universities disinvite certain speakers to campus if some students complain about the political positions the speaker may have taken in the past?
3) Should the US government decriminalize certain psychedelics for medical purposes?
4) Should police departments be defunded to generate more revenue for training mental health professionals to deal with mentally ill homeless people?
5) Should the US government establish a $15 per hour minimum wage?
6) Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in sports on the basis of biological sex or gender?
7) Should social media companies be held responsible for allowing people to disseminate mis- and disinformation?
8) Should standardized tests such as SAT and AP be eliminated as requirements for admission to universities in the US?
Length: Between 1250 and 1500 words
Sources: 4 
Format: MLA
1) Introduction and thesis: The purpose of the introduction is to get the reader’s attention, so I would suggest inserting a couple of pieces of ‘shocking’ data about your topic. At the end of the introduction, you should take a clear position on the issue. For example: Police departments should not be defunded because of A, B, C. Those who argue for defunding don’t recognize that P and Q.
You must provide at least three reasons in support of your position and at least two reasons as part of your rebuttal.
2) Argue your position: In this section, you must support each of the three reasons in favor of your position. Make sure to discuss each reason in a separate paragraph and most importantly, make sure that each paragraph starts with a topic sentence. For example:
One reason the community colleges should be free is that doing so will allow poor students to go to college and improve their chances of getting a higher-paying job. Research done by XYNZ shows that 75% of those who have at least an associates degree or more earn more than those who only have a high school diploma (citation) 
3) Summary of the opposing position: In this section, you must provide summarize the argument of those who disagree with you. Make sure to provide citations for the sources used.
4)  Rebuttal: In this section, you must argue against at least two reasons that those who disagree with you have provided. Make sure to use evidence as part of your rebottle.
5) Recommendations for persuading those who disagree with you: In the last part of your paper, make a couple of recommendations that you think might encourage those who disagree with you. Think of your understanding of persuasive techniques in order to make your case.
6) Add a Works Cited page with all the sources used on the issue.

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