English 120 - Rosichan Argument/Research Paper Topics For your research essay, you will research and argue a controversial position. Remember to present the issue so readers recognize that it merits their attention and develop a well-supported argument. In your brainstorm and drafting stages, formulate a working thesis stating your position. Use the student essay “Children Need to Play, No Compete” (p 250) in your textbook as your model. Tell us about your topic and research as well as your working thesis statement.