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Epic Quest # 3 – Essay # 3– Florida Man – Research Paper

An Electronic copy of Epic Quest # 3 – Essay # 3 – Final Draft – must be

submitted to the plagiarism checker.

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


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


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.

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Length: 1,500 to 2,500 words. THE WORK CITED PAGE DOES NOT


Purpose: to write an essay that analyzes the assigned text.

Audience: your classmates, instructors, and people unfamiliar with the topic.

Length: 5+ pages – any final papers less than five pages will be returned

as incomplete.

PROMPT: Is it okay to laugh at Florida Man? Why? Why not?

Explain your reasoning with your own research that supports your


You can research many different aspects of why it is okay or not

okay to laugh at Florida Man. You can research humor, comedy, what

makes us laugh, the role of the Internet, memes, mental health, law

enforcement, journalism, Florida, or whatever supports your argument.

You must include at least two articles that you have researched

that SUPPORT your argument, while the third article must contain a

counter argument that can be used against your position. Your counter

argument must have a rebuttal, where you explain that while the counter

argument may be a good argument, however it can be argued that….

For this essay you should present at least three clear topics or opinions

(each topic or opinion should be its own paragraph). Explain your answers and

support with examples from your articles. But only use one article per body

paragraph and one quote per body paragraph. The quotes you use should

support your position. You are expected to conduct ALL the research and

you are responsible for finding the materials. Please use personal opinions,

previous experience and observations to support your thesis. A Works Cited

page is required.

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:

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