Research, Argument, Counterargument, and Rebuttal
Two Prompts in One
Research an approved argument. Compile your Working (annotated) bibliography in MLA
format with at least 5 entries in an effort to keep track of your research materials. These should
include a print book, an academic journal article, and a reliable newspaper article. As you
workshop, you’ll encounter more helpful sources. Add them to your working bib, even after
you’ve turned it in.
Do not cite within the paper or on your working bib, or works cited, any encyclopedia. Use any
encyclopedia as a starting point; find the primary and secondary sources an encyclopedia cites
and use those sources for your research.
Write 5 to 7 pages in MLA format. Introduce your topic with two paragraphs. The first should
deal with the distant history, even the ancient history, of your topic. The second should inform
your audience of what’s happening in terms of your topic today, and all of this should raise your
level 3 question. Posit that question with a literal question mark (?). The answer to that question
is your thesis. Be sure to create/posit the sub-claims in your answer. Develop those sub-claims
throughout your paper, citing your research as necessary within the text. It’s best to rebut a
counter argument in each of your body paragraphs. If it’s more manageable, a counter argument
paragraph before your conclusion will suffice. Be sure to conclude by reiterating your thesis,
and end on discussing the significance of your topic/argument.