This writing assignment involves writing your Argumentative essay. Once you draft your essay and
revise, you may submit it for feedback. The feedback will help you revise the draft so you can submit it
as a final. The final version will be graded.
Option #1: Your Position on Pirated Movies
Develop a thesis statement on the topic of pirated movies (piracy hurts the economy by…, society can
prevent movie piracy by…, etc.) and write an argumentative essay. Strive for at least three strong
arguments in addition to a counterargument and refutation (see counterargument and refutation
details in the Top Ten Tips section). Using argumentative topic sentences that include your opinion for
each section can help ensure the majority of your essay is argumentative. Beginning of a sample topic
sentence: “The first way movie piracy hurts the economy is….” Then be sure to support that claim with
researched data. Conclude each paragraph with a sentence that summarizes the paragraph’s main
Sample Thesis Statement:
Ideally, a thesis would include the major assignment objectives for the essay, which in this case would
be your claim/opinion, reasons why you have that opinion, and the counter-argument: “Movie piracy is
unethical because (add argument 1), (add argument 2), and (add argument 3), even though (add
Note that a thorough thesis statement will include the counterargument in addition to your own
See Top Ten Tips section for more thesis statement assistance.
Use at least three credible sources (the author should be considered an expert on the topic in which he
or she writes; try Google Scholar to search), such as books, articles, and websites, to support your thesis.
Include a mix of cited paraphrases, summaries, and quotes in your argumentative research paper. Use
MLA format to create proper parenthetical citations as well as a Works Cited page at the end of your
essay. For additional Works Cited assistance visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
and use the left navigation menu to locate the type of reference you need.
Option #2: Your Position on Electronic Policing
Develop a thesis statement on the topic of electronic policing and anti-plagiarism software and write an
argumentative essay. Your chosen topic needs to be specific and might address a question like the ones
you see in these examples:
• Should student writers be subject to having their work checked by anti-plagiarism software?
Why or why not?
• Is anti-plagiarism software an effective deterrent to stealing published work? Why or why not? • You may choose another topic regarding electronic policing as well; just be sure that your main
thesis addresses the topic of electronic policing.
If the assignment does not address one of the given options, it will not be graded.
Strive for at least three strong arguments in addition to a counterargument and refutation (see
counterargument and refutation details in the Tips section). Using argumentative topic sentences
that include your opinion for each section can help ensure the majority of your essay is
argumentative. For example, “First, students should be subject to having their work checked by antiplagiarism
software because….” Then be sure to support that claim with researched data. Conclude
each paragraph with a sentence that summarizes the paragraph’s main ideas.