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Persuasive Essay

For this paper choose a Topic or Issue centered on questions of social justice/inequality/equality.

Or you may choose a person who you believe has been significant in addressing issues of equality. Your question would then ask how they are significant, their background, and the contributions they have made.

Your thesis question should be loosely based on the Topics and Readings in They Say, I Say. (but your readings will not be included in this essay.)

To help develop your thesis, this use two research articles from the Library database Academic Search Complete or other source. 


How To Do Research for an Argumentative Paper

Writing a Persuasive Essay/Paper

STEP 1.   Select a topic. Decide what aspect of the topic you want to specifically focus on and write your research question and/or thesis statement.

STEP 2.   Build a search strategy. Select keywords to use to look for books, e-books, articles.

STEP 3.   Find background/overview information about the issues associated with your topic.
STEP 4.   Explore different viewpoints/sides of the issue. Find examples to support your opinion and to counter the opposing viewpoint.

STEP 5.   Explore other sources of information: primary sources, websites, video.

STEP 6.   Cite your sources and avoid plagiarism.

Click on the tabs above to get help with these steps

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