Argumentative Research Paper Task: Write an argumentative essay that presents an issue, takes a clear position on the issue, and develops an argument to convince the audience that this position is correct. Paper is to include scholarly research that will provide evidence of your claims (requirements below). Format: Your essay should amount to a minimum of 900-1000 words in MLA (8th edition) format. Source Requirement: You are required to include a minimum of three scholarly database sources. You may include additional popular sources but these are not required. Citations: Paper must include correct MLA 8th edition citations, both in-text citations and a Works Cited page, to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarized papers will automatically receive a zero. Grade: Paper Two is worth 150 points. Will be checked at turn it in. Paper Guidelines: •Plagiarized papers may receive a large point deduction or receive a zero. Plagiarism includes inadequate citations, missing citations, copied work, and reused papers. •Proofread carefully for spelling, punctuation, and mechanical errors. •Write in a clear and professional tone that is appropriate for a college-level paper. You may not use first-person (stated in rubric). Classic Argument Rubric This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Introduction Introduction paragraph opens with a hook and provides sufficient background information that sets up the topic of the argument. This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Thesis Contains a clear thesis statement at the end of the introduction paragraph that positions your stance on the argument and mentions points. This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Body Each paragraph contains a clear topic sentence Clearly states the reason (supporting argument) Contains appropriate transitions between points Contains a conclusion or transition statement to the next points This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Conclusion Does more than just restating the thesis statement. Includes a brief summary of the reasons. Ends with a powerful clincher statement or a call to action. This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Counterargument Paper includes the opposing viewpoint and successfully refutes it. This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Grammar and Mechanics Paper has correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and overall mechanics This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome MLA Format Correct MLA page format: title, heading, spacing, font, page numbers, etc. This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Avoiding First-person Adheres to the assignment guidelines of NOT using first person point of view. This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Sources Papers are required to include a minimum of three scholarly database sources. Additional popular sources may be used. Each source must be introduced with signal phrases and establish credibility of the source/author. Paper should not contain any dropped quotes. This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome In-text Citations Contains correct MLA 8th edition in-text citations for all quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing the source. This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Works Cited All sources are cited correctly in MLA 8th edition format. Page should be formatted correctly (spacing, title, indentations, etc.). This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Guidelines Paper adheres to the assignment guidelines of minimum of 900-1000 words (Works Cited does not count in the minimum). This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Other Requirements If the paper is missing in-text citations or a Works Cited page, this is considered plagiarism and the paper automatically receives the score of a 0. Paper MUST be submitted as a Word document to be accepted.