Essay 1: Classical Argument Draft Due: Final Due: 800-1000 words MLA Format, 1” margins, 12 font Objective: For this first essay you will write a classical argument on a topic of your choice (excluding the commonplace topics mentioned in class). Remember the structure of classical argument: Introduction: Identifies your claim (or argument) along with the supporting reasons. For example, TV talk shows should be banned from television because they promote violence, expose children to inappropriate behavior/experiences, and cater to the lowest common denominator of the public. o Background: Provides information your reader needs to know to understand the topic as well as your position and argument. o Lines of Argument: The heart of your paper and where you make your case and provide support to prove your point. Each of your supporting reasons should have support. o Refutation: Provides the opposing viewpoint, which must be stated objectively, and then shows how/why this position is wrong although some concessions can be made. o Conclusion: Your last pitch to sway audience and should touch on your basic argument (thesis) again. o Guidelines: 1. Be very careful selecting your topic. Make sure that it: *is an issue that can be debated (not a fact). More than one point of view exists about this issue. *is manageable in its scope (can be covered in three and a half pages). *concerns something that you have some knowledge about and experience with and does not require library research for material. *interests you, something that you believe to be important. *demonstrates your understanding of how to use appeals to ethos, logos, and pathos in your writing. 2. Be sure to give readers any background/contextual information they may need to fully understand the issue and your arguments. 3. You must present a clear and specific thesis (your position on the issue). 4. You must develop a convincing argument to prove your thesis. This should include a clear explanation, development of claims, solid evidence to back up your claims such as narratives from personal experience, and, most important, a section devoted to discussing the opposing arguments. 5. Make sure that you employ a reasonable tone in order to gain the reader's confidence. You want to sound fair, informed, and credible. Find common ground between you and your audience.