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WRT 101 - Northwest - Writing I: Arguments & Persuasion

Argument/Persuasion

An argument or persuasive essay allows you to investigate a topic that is open to discussion and debate

1. Collect, generate, and evaluate evidence

2. Establish a position on the topic

3. Use your most convincing evidence to support your position

Current Conversations

In most cases, you will choose a "hot" topic or current conversation which is being examined in society, debated in the media, or even discussed within your own profession.

What TOPIC are you going to research?

Examples: 

A. Sports medicine and concussions
B. Small business management and COVID-19
C. Law enforcement and facial recognition software

Your instructor may ask you to argue a specific POINT-OF-VIEW, such as--

Examples:

Point-of-view C1 - The government can use whatever means necessary to protect the country from terrorists, even if that means using facial recognition software to monitor the movements of private citizens.

Point-of-view C2 - Individual privacy is paramount in a "free" country, so government use of facial recognition software is a violation of human rights. 

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1. Locate Resources

Here are some places to EXPLORE "HOT" TOPICS --

(To connect from off-campus, enter your MyPima Username and Password.)

2. Collect Background Information & Recent News

Use these databases to collect reliable, credible BACKGROUND INFORMATION about your topic

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