You must use at least two of these quotes in your essay, possibly in the intro as a way to set the context of your argument, or as a way to set up the opposing point of view, or in your conclusion. Wherever you use the quotes, be sure to integrate them into your argument by connecting them to what comes before and after the quote.
For this assignment, write a 3rd-person argumentative position paper describing your vision for the role of dissent in the future of the United States. You may take any position you want (pro, con, or something in between), but you must address a single, specific, focused context (some narrow topic within politics, education, family dynamics, art, or some specific social/cultural issue, for example), and you must focus on a single specific issue in the future; don’t summarize the past or the present as your main argument. Answer these questions in the course of your argument:
· Who are the people that might support or work against the use of dissent in the future?
· What actions will they take in support of their beliefs?
· What outcomes might occur?
Provide specific examples of the situation(s) in the future that may be subject to dissent by the people. Your essay must be thesis-driven, organized in paragraphs supported with logical reasoning and concrete, specific details and examples, and include all elements of a formal argument:
1. Intro ¶: sets the context for the position that is argued in the essay and indicates what audience is being addressed.
2. Thesis statement: The opinion you wish to convince the reader is credible. It presents your vision on the role of dissent in the future, focusing on a single, specific issue. This should come at the end of the intro paragraph. You should probably use the words dissent and 21st century, as well as naming your issue.
3. Background info: gives the reader basic info needed for understanding your position, perhaps a brief history of the debate (but DON”T focus on the past or present in your main argument). Can be part of the intro ¶.
4. Reasons and evidence: support the position being argued about the role of dissent in the future. This is the core of the essay. Each type of reason or evidence usually consists of a general statement backed up with specific details or examples. The topic sentences of the developmental ¶s should clearly tie into, support, and develop your thesis.
5. Opposition/Common Ground/Refutation: fairly presents position(s) opposed to your thesis, suggests some specific reasonableness to some aspect of that position, and rebuts the opposition briefly. You may do this in as little as 3 – 5 sentences, though this refutation often appears in its own ¶, immediately after the intro as a bridge to the main part of the essay, or immediately before the conclusion.
6. Conclusion and Call to Action: brings the argument to an end that flows logically and gracefully from the rest of the essay. Here is where you ask the audience to do something.
Assignment Essentials:
Compose your letter in Microsoft Word and save the file as yourname_E6. For example, my file would be named hennessey_E6. When you finish, please submit in the E6 assignment in Canvas.
1. All work must be typed in 12-pont font.
2. On the first line type your name, date, section, essay number, and word count.
3. Center a creative title, but don’t underline or italicize it.
4. Use 3rd person only.
5. Underline the thesis and all topic sentences.
6. Single-space the text.
7. Use at least 2 of the quotes listed.
8. Employ all elements of argument listed above.
9. Use lots of concrete, specific details to support all generalizations.
10. Provide plenty of transitions both between and within paragraphs.
11. Spell-check, edit, and proofread conscientiously. At this point, there should be few – if any – grammar errors.
12. Papers that do not include these essentials may earn a one letter-grade deduction.

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