discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments in two articles and then prove to your reader why one is stronger than the other
MLA style: typed, black ink, 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, 1 inch margins, first page header, pages numbered with last name.
1500 words minimum (under 1500 words means the highest grade you can get is a 70%)
You will need to use 2 (and only 2) outside sources: the two articles you choose
Works cited necessary. Use your writing handbook if you have one or https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html (Links to an external site.) for help.
For Essay 2 your goal is to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments in two articles and then prove to your reader why one is stronger than the other.
This doesn’t mean argue for the one you agree with or the one you like better—instead you will carefully look at what kinds of writing strategies each author uses, how they get their points across, and the strength of their claims and evidence to decide which article gives a stronger example of argumentative writing.
When analyzing your two sources, look to see what argument elements listed below the authors employ and analyze them to compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of your sources to ultimately decide which is stronger. These are things you can talk about in the body paragraphs of your essay.
Ethos, pathos, logos
Tone, style, purpose
Inductive and deductive reasoning
Toulmin Model elements (claims, grounds, warrants, qualifiers, rebuttals)
Rogerian Model elements (finding common ground)
First choose an ethical issue involving animals (meat eating, animal testing, hunting, and zoos/aquariums are popular choices, but don’t be afraid to explore what’s out there). Then, find two articles on the topic that each 1) take a stance on the topic (in other words, present an argument rather than a pro/con or merely descriiptive style) and 2) are on opposite sides of the issue from each other (ex. one claiming that hunting is ethical and the other claiming it isn’t).
*Very Important* Find your two articles through the Opposing Viewpoints database, which can be accessed from the LPC Library homepage. From the LPC Library homepage, in the box that says Find Physical and Online Materials Here, click on the Magazines and Journals Tab and then scroll down to Opposing Viewpoints. Or just follow this link (you may be asked to log in): Opposing Viewpoints.