Students benefit from a minimum of 6-paragraph structure, but you’re welcome to add more. A sample student essay will be provided on Canvas as well as the grading rubric. Format Requirements: 1,500 to 2,500 words, MLA format. Writing Requirements: Must meet academic writing standards. Papers should clearly state the significance of the topic, and be organized with adequate detail. Work Cited Page is required. Essay Structure Requirements: INTROUCTION PARAGRAPH: introduction paragraph with a hook, both essay titles, the authors of both readings, publications the article appears in, explanation of what is the authors’ main claims are (what are their arguments), explanation of the readings (a brief summary), and a clear thesis. BODY PARAGRAPHS: Detailed supporting paragraphs started by topic sentences, and an adequate concluding paragraph. Each supporting paragraph must focus on only one aspect, trait, reason or point. Create detailed illustrations so your reader can “see” what’s going on. YOUR BODY PARAGRAPHS MUST INCLUDE SUPPORT FROM THE ASSIGNED READING. You must explain the Rhetorical Strategy the Author is using after you have incorporated the quote and how that strategy works on the reader. You can use “I” statements (this is a personal essay). CONCLUSION: Full conclusion that ties up your essay. Purpose: to write an essay that analyzes the assigned text. Audience: your classmates, instructors, and people unfamiliar with the topic.
Crane 2 Length: 1,500 to 2,500 words. THE WORK CITED PAGE DOES NOT COUNT AS A PAGE. PROMPT: Are we zombies or zombie slayers? Explain your reasoning. Your answer to this will form your Thesis Statement. You will develop your argument in at least the first three body paragraphs of your essay. Your last body paragraph must be a counter argument to your argument and must include a rebuttal. What is a counter argument that can be used against your position? Your counter argument must have a rebuttal (Your counter argument – rebuttal should be together in one paragraph – there should be a quote included. This paragraph should be the last paragraph before your conclusion. For this essay you should present at least three clear topics or opinions (each topic or opinion should be its own paragraph – so this essay MUST BE a minimum of 6 paragraphs in total – (the counter argument is included as one of these topics). Explain your answers and support with examples from any of the article I have assigned. You must use the Assigned Readings in all your body paragraphs. You are only allowed one quote per body paragraph (maximum of 3 to 4 lines) – NO block quotes are allowed. The quote you use should support your position. You are not expected to conduct ANY research and you cannot add your own materials. This essay should include personal opinions, previous experience and observations to support your thesis.
Counter Argument & Rebuttal
What’s a Counter Argument?
It is when you recognize the other side of the debate in order to strengthen your own argument. In other words, it’s the thesis making the OPPOSITE (aka: counter) point.
What’s a Rebuttal?
A rebuttal is an opposing argument or debate. An example of a rebuttal is a defense attorney responding to allegations made by a district attorney against their client.
Rebuttals in essays say why the counter argument is wrong (or not as right as your thesis).
Fill in the blanks below to brainstorm a counter-argument & rebuttal for your essay.
What is one reason people may disagree with you or may not want to make this change?
Now, use a sentence starter to make this into a counter-argument statement:
Finally, use a sentence starter to write a rebuttal to the counter-argument: