Module 2 Argument in APA


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Essay Assignment 2: Documented Argument in APA

Your argumentative essay will be on an environmental topic.

Topic: Research the effects of the environment on human health. Does the health of the environment affect the health of the human beings within it? Make an argument that supports your answer. Start your research by reading this article:

Consider your audience for this paper to be your peers. The essay should be between 3 ½ and 4 pages (850 to 1,000 words) in length, not including the cover page, abstract, or reference page. It should be double spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font and must meet the following criteria:

· An introduction, a minimum of 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion

· A clearly articulated thesis in the introduction of the paper; the thesis must state the claim, position, or stance that your essay will prove

· 4 cited sources

· At least 4 quotes from your sources

· Topic sentences that focus the discussion in each body paragraph

· Examples, details, statistics, explanations, and other researched evidence in the body paragraphs that clearly support the claim of your thesis

· Counterarguments (at least one but preferably more than one) and refutations that show you understand the complexity of your argument and can accurately acknowledge the views of the opposition and refute them

· Clear connections between ideas from paragraph to paragraph and within paragraphs (transition words and phrases)

· Proper APA style format in the cover page, in the abstract, in the in-text citations, and in the Reference page (see the template and instructional video for creating the APA format)

· Reference page listing a minimum of 4 sources

· Standard usage, grammar, and mechanics


· You will submit your final draft through the Turn-it-in drop box designated for this purpose in the course. Please be aware, that although Turn-it-in does allow for similarities for quotations up to 24% of your paper, any similarity above 24% is considered too high for an original paper and will be flagged as plagiarism.

Essay 2: Argumentative Essay in APA -- Final Draft Checklist

______ APA formatting (title page, abstract, body, reference page)

______ author, year, page number in parenthetical citation after quoted lines of an article

______ a minimum of four quotes from sources

______ a minimum of four sources used in the paper and cited in the text (2 must come from the MDC databases)

______ correctly formatted reference page

______ abstract is 150 to 200 words and lists key words at the end

______ thesis statement (can be more than one sentence) articulates the position the paper defends clear

______ topic sentences that indicate the topic of specific sections of the paper

______ transitions between ideas

______ the paper acknowledges counterarguments and refutes or rebuts them

(Check out the APA template that I uploaded)