ESL 5 Argumentative Essay

Choose one of the following prompts:

1. In the essay Science vs. Hysteria, Norman Borlaug asserts that genetic engineering can be effectively used to address the problems of hunger and starvation in developing countries. His opponents believe that genetically modified (GM) food is harmful to people and should not be consumed by anyone, regardless of where they live, or what their social status is. Write an essay in which you explain your position on the issue of using GM food to defeat the world hunger. To create an argument, you can ask yourself: Is genetically modified (GM) food harmful? Can GM food help solve the problem of famine?

2. In the essay The Noble Feat of Nike, Johan Norberg expresses support for the opportunities that economic globalization brings to the lives of people in the developing countries. Write an essay in which you explain your position on the issue of economic globalization. To create an argument, you can ask yourself: Is economic globalization beneficial? If it is, who benefits? Should developed countries outsource the work and/or manufacturing to developing countries?

Essay requirements:

Citation Requirements:

1. You must include the article that you are responding to in your essay.

2. 4 other sources- can be online or printed

* Incorporate 5-6 sources in this essay.

  • You need to have at least 5 sources listed in the Works Cited.
  • One source can be used for 1-3 citations in the essay.
  • A quote cannot be more than 1-2 sentences long. Ideas from sources that are longer than 2 sentences need to be paraphrased. When you cite data, you should use direct quotes. When you cite stories and examples, you should use paraphrases.
  • Format Requirements:
    1. MLA citation and writing format
    2. Double-space
    3. 1 inch margins
    4. Times New Roman font (black)
    5. Length: 4-5 pages- without the Works Cited page

    Other Requirements:
    * You have to incorporate a summary of the selected article in the introductory paragraph.* One of the body paragraphs must incorporate an opposing point of view, also called a counter-argument. The following paragraph must include an acknowledgement or a refutation of the counter-argument.

  • ESL 5 Argumentative Essay Outline Template
    INTRODUCTION:
    a) Hook- write ideas that you will use to introduce the summary and your thesis
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    b) Summary of the selected article-
    * start with the author’s main idea
    * use the correct MLA format for summary writing
    * 5-8 sentences long
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    c) Thesis statement= YOUR OPINION on the topic that you will support in the essay
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    BODY PARAGRAPHS:
    Body Paragraph # 1-
    your position
    on the issue
    a) Topic Sentence-
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    b) Example- support
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    Body Paragraph # 2-
    your position
    on the issue
    a) Topic Sentence-
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    b) Example- support
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    Body Paragraph # 3-
    counter-argument
    (opposing view point)
    a) Topic Sentence-
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    b) Example- support
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    Body Paragraph # 4-
    acknowledgement of the counter-argument or refutation
    of the counter-argument
    a) Topic Sentence-
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    b) Example- support
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