argumentative essay 3 pages title page references page total 5 pages apa format

You MUST choose one topic from the attached list.

Argumentative essay instructions

  1. You’re going to compose an Argumentative Essay in APA format. You must argue for a particular side. See video, notes, and our textbook readings about APA style.
  2. Double­spaced, Times New Roman, size 12.
  3. Running head: page numbers are inserted in the upper right corner; the title of your essay appears in the upper left corner (not your name­­that is MLA style, this is APA style).
  4. You may pick your topic (see below).
  5. You must use the Coastline Online Library for at least three of the sources. See guidance below.
  6. Be sure to prewrite: brainstorm, read, research, gather ideas, and group them into an outline.
  7. At the start of an APA­style essay you’ll have a title page. At the end of your APA­ style essay you’ll have a section titled References.
  8. Please cite your sources in APA style. Remember that MLA citations require (author page #) after a quotation or paraphrase, whereas APA citations require (author, year, p. #). Note the commas in APA style to separate this info.
  9. As this essay is short­ish, there is no need to include an abstract. (The abstract is a summary preview of the essay.) However, on your final project due at the end of the semester, you will write an abstract.
  10. Total length will be around five pages
    – Title page (one page)
    – One intro paragraph + five argumentative body paragraphs + one conclusion paragraph = seven paragraphs total
    – References page (one page)

Argumentative essay rubric

  • Format (font, margins, spacing, running head, title page, References) (1 point)
  • Quotations (signal phrase, quotation, APA citation with author, year, p. #) (2 points)
  • Argumentation (five body paragraphs, well-chosen evidence, major and minor supporting details, logic) (4 points)
  • Organization (intro, thesis, body paragraphs, transitions, topic sentences, conclusion sentences, conclusion paragraph) (4 points)
  • Grammar, punctuation, mechanics, syntax (4 points)

TOTAL (15 points)

 
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