students should have typed out and formatted according to MLA essay guidelines a


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students should have typed out and formatted according to MLA essay guidelines an annotated bibliography for at least five of their current sources, with three to four sentences after each source summarizing what that source contributes that is relevant to the paper’s topic. Be specific; don’t just say that the source “talks about” your topic. All sources should offer a significant amount of information, so tell us who the author(s) is, where they are published, what type of evidence they used, and more importantly what part of the source talks about the topic and what questions it provides answers to.
Assignment
Your third essay assignment for this course is to find an ethical issue and make a case either for, or against it, making sure to answer the question is it right, or wrong to do?
The following are examples of ethical debates:
Should you be able to physically attack someone for hate speech?
Should we allow concealed weapons (meaning individuals have a permit to carry) on college campuses?
Should we be allowed to appropriate aspects of other cultures outside of our own?
After you find an ethical issue that can be debated create an essay that does the following:
– Create an ethical claim that answers in some form the following question: Is “ETHICAL ISSUE” right, or wrong to do? Why or why not?
– Create an original introduction that attempts to engage the audience. Make sure the introduction or any paragraphs near provide a clear expectation of the essay’s contents and thesis.
– Use at least five sources to help support and/or illustrate your ideas. Some of your sources need to be academic journal articles, books published by academic presses, or peer-reviewed articles in general, but you may use other sources in addition, such as general-readership magazines, speeches, web pages, etc. – From the above-mentioned sources, include two that counter or oppose your claim(s). Explain their various points of view in a fair way and then refute at least one of said counterarguments.
– Create a conclusion that uses any of the “zoom out” or “point ahead” techniques explained in the “writing conclusions” handout found under week 2 readings on Canvas.
Things to consider:
– Ethical arguments based solely on moral precepts are difficult to defend. If crafting an argument that focuses on principles, also consider consequences, values, and rights.
– Ethical arguments that quickly evoke the legality of an action are also difficult to defend. Those who consider law(s) to be a sufficient guide when making an ethical or moral decision must accept that a couple years ago marijuana was illegal, a few years before that gay marriage was barred, interracial marriage was outlawed up until the 1970s, African-Americans could not vote until 1965, women could not vote until the 1920s, before that you could hire children for 14-hour work shifts, and at one time you could legally own a person and pretty much do whatever you wanted to them, etc.
– Ethical arguments that rely solely on the rights of an individual also suffer from the above. If you are arguing through a rights-based framework, you must be able to carefully explain the rights at stake for each group, and argue whose or which of those rights should take precedence and why.
Format:
This paper should be no less than four full pages in length, and no more than six full pages. Five sources minimum/eight maximum. All sources/citations must follow MLA 8 guidelines. Instead of a Works Cited page an Annotated Bibliography of each source used must be attached (does not count towards final page count) must be attached. All papers must be double-spaced, have one-inch margins, 12-point type in a standard font such as Times New Roman or Cambria. Each page should also be numbered preceded by last name in the upper right-hand corner. Include your name, class and date in the upper left-hand corner preceding the paper’s title.

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