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EN 1201 - College Writing II (Carpenter)

Researched Argumentative Essay

Choose a topic about which to write an argumentative synthesis paper. You must choose a topic you are interested but have never written about before. 

Some broad suggestions include:

  • Race and ethnicity
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Religion
  • Multiculturalism and diversity
  • U.S. political process
  • National/international politics
  • Civil liberties
  • Criminal justice
  • Economic issues
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Consumerism
  • TV and film
  • Sports and entertainment
  • Youth issues
  • Education
  • Environmental issues

Research as a Process

Choose a research question based on a reading, film, or your own ideas. It must be interesting, significant, and problematic enough to warrant an argumentative essay.

  • What is my topic?
  • What question am I asking or argument am I making related to this topic? 
  • What kind of keywords should I be using in my search?

Developing Keywords

Concept 1: (ex: “college degree”)

Concept 2:  (ex: worth)

Concept 3:  (ex:  “street smarts”)

(ex: “bachelor’s  degree”)

 (ex: value)

 (ex: “common sense”)

 (ex: “higher education”)

 (ex: “return on investment”)

(ex: “informal education”)