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Last week you chose a topic from the list provided and developed a thesis and three premises for your Argumentation Essay Planning Guide. This week, you will use that outline as the foundation for organizing and writing the first draft of your three- to four-page essay. Be sure to read your instructor’s feedback in your graded Planning Guide and Self Evaluation before beginning work on your first draft.
Both the first and final drafts should be a complete three- to four-page paper (Intro, Body, Conclusion) preceded by a Title Page and followed by a Reference Page. The Title Page and Reference Page do not count toward your total page count.
Use at least two of the required reference sources listed with the topic you chose from the “Topics and Articles” document, linked in the Planning Guide assignment. (You will need permission from the instructor to use any additional sources). Guidelines and examples for how and where to include citations in your paper are listed below.
To format your paper, please download this APA 7th edition template Download APA 7th edition template and SAVE it to your computer. (In addition to saving the template, you may need to click “enable editing.”) The correct margins, spacing, font, type size, indents, etc. have been set up for you in the template. You can either write your paper directly in it or write in a separate Microsoft Word document and paste it into the template.
After you finish your draft, but before you submit it, you will complete and submit the “Self-Evaluation Worksheet for Draft” assignment, which is comprised of a checklist for each section of your paper. Completing this evaluation before submitting your first draft will help you to ensure that your draft is ready to be submitted and that you have followed the instructions.
The essay itself will have three sections:
1. Introduction
The Introduction provides a brief background of the topic and explains how it relates to current research. It may include definitions of uncommon terms and/or current trends. The introduction contains the thesis statement that will be argued in the paper. The introduction should contain not only your position on the issue but the pieces of logical evidence (i.e., premises) that will be used to support your argumentation thesis.
2. Body
The Body will have a paragraph (or two) for each premise you listed in your Planning Guide. Using at least two of your required sources, the evidence you present in support of your premises will demonstrate that you have carefully reviewed the opinions and theories of scholars and other experts and that you have selected the most pertinent information for each specific premise in your argument. Your evidence will be documented with direct quotations* and/or paraphrases using the properly formatted citations provided for you in the “Topics and Articles” document.
In addition to the three (or more) premise paragraphs, the body should include a “refutation” paragraph where you address opposing views. Here, you will critically assess, evaluate, and refute the most compelling counter-argument(s) against your position.
*Note: Direct quotations should comprise less than 15% of the Body.
3. Conclusion
The Conclusion section is where you restate your thesis and summarize briefly your supporting arguments, discuss broader implications, and if relevant, state a call to action, a look into the future, a discussion of how it affects other fields of study, or questions that are still unanswered.
IMPORTANT: Please highlight your thesis and conclusion statement sentences in one color, your “refutation” paragraph in another, and your 3 premise statements in another color. (Do not highlight the entire paragraphs, just the statement.) This will allow you to easily see if the paragraph supports the highlighted items. I will be looking at the same items when I grade your draft. You will receive feedback during Week 5 on this draft and will complete the final revisions during Week 6.
Guidelines for In-text Citations and End References
The required sources for each article have been provided in the downloadable “Topics and Articles” document that you used in your Argumentation Essay Planning Guide assignment.
In that document, both the in-text citations and end references for those sources, are already formatted for you in APA style. Just highlight, copy, and paste them into your document.
Paste the abbreviated in-text citation into the text at the appropriate place for each instance of quoted or paraphrased material from your source.
Then, in alphabetical order, paste the full reference for each source you used into the Reference Page.
See examples of in-text citations below.
Direct quotes:
Example 1: Direct quote with a citation in the sentence.
According to Jones (1998), “Students often had difficulty using APA style, especially when it was their first time” (p. 199).
Example 2: Direct quote with a citation at the end of the senten

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