Paper instructions:
Argue your position

Your persuasive essay should be between 3 and 4 pages in length and must adhere to MLA format: heading, in-text citations, and Works Cited page.

Cite at least 3 reliable sources in your text.

Your essay must have an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Get organized http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdf/persuasion.pdf before you begin to write.

Use at least three correctly documented quotes, paraphrases, or summaries from each of your 3 sources.

Use MLA rules for documenting your source.

You must use in-text citations each time you use the words or ideas of your source in the essay. Example – (Jacoby 45).

You must include your works cited list at the end of your essay.

Use your sources to support your position.

Essay Checklist

In addition to proofreading for spelling, grammar, and usage and making sure you use clear and simple language, ask yourself the following:

Do I have the proper MLA heading?

Do I have my last name and page number on each page?

Is the title of my essay moderately informative?

Do I have an interesting introduction?

Is my thesis statement (claim for my argument) clearly stated at the end of the introduction?

Does each body paragraph begin with a topic sentence that directly relates to the thesis statement?

Does each body paragraph have specific supporting details (evidence to support my argument)?

Are all generalizations supported by specific details – facts, figures, statistics, expert opinion, information from scholarly articles?

Have I considered logos (an appeal to logic), pathos (an appeal to emotion), and ethos (an appeal to ethics based on my credibility as a writer) in making my argument? For more visit The Owl (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/04/).

When I have used source material, have I introduced the quotations I am using – that is, will the reader know why the quote is significant?

Are my sources acceptable (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/553/01/) for a college paper?

Have I included an in-text citation (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/) each time I use a source?

Does my in-text citation lead the reader directly to the first few words of the complete work cited entry (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/12/) on my list?

Are my quotations too long; am I including irrelevant information? (Don’t do this!)

Have I checked my originality report on Turnitin and corrected any instances of unintentional plagiarism?

Is my conclusion redundant? (Don’t simply repeat your thesis; that’s boring!)

Have I included a Works Cited list for all the sources cited in my paper?