LU Politicians Influence Persuasive Argumentative Essay

The primary written assignment in this course will be a Persuasive/Argumentative Paper on a topic that demonstrates how Politics/Politicians influence/manipulate or coerce our understanding of Science. Original topics that are controversial in nature and allow the student to persuade the reader to consider their point of view. The paper must demonstrate the ability to apply scientific method principles and processes including an understanding of the science, impact of the science through application and demonstration in our daily life and consequences of political interpretation of the science. It is critical that the student develop these skills and knowledge to understand and interpret scientific information and the impact of science on their lives, the environment and society, so that the student is prepared for the 21st century.


After doing some reseach on this i found that it would be easier to write how politics/ politicians influence/ manipulate our understanding of science rather than against this, but ultimately it is up to you.

PLEASE FILL OUT AND USE THE “General Format for Research Paper Outline” attached below to write the essay and submit back.


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General Format for Research Paper Outline The following outline shows a basic format for most academic papers. No matter what length the paper needs to be, it should still follow the format of having an introduction, body, and conclusion. Read over what typically goes in each section of the paper. Use the back of this handout to outline information for your specific paper. I. Introduction The introduction should have some of the following elements, depending on the type of paper: • • • • • • Start with an attention grabber: a short story, example, statistic, or historical context that introduces the paper topic Give an overview of any issues involved with the subject Define of any key terminology need to understand the topic Quote or paraphrase sources revealing the controversial nature of the subject (argumentative papers only) Highlight background information on the topic needed to understand the direction of the paper Write an antithesis paragraph, presenting the primary opposing views (argumentative paper only) The introduction must end with a THESIS statement (a 1 to 2 sentences in length): • Tell what the overall paper will focus on • Briefly outline the main points in the paper II. Body • • • • • Clearly present the main points of the paper as listed in the thesis Give strong examples, details, and explanations to support each main points If an argumentative paper, address any counterarguments and refute those arguments If a research paper, use strong evidence from sources—paraphrases, summaries, and quotations that support the main points III. Conclusion • • • Restate your thesis from the introduction in different words Briefly summarize each main point found in the body of the paper (avoid going over 2 sentences for each point) Give a statement of the consequences of not embracing the position (argumentative paper only) • End with a strong clincher statement: an appropriate, meaningful final sentence that ties the whole point of the paper together (may refer back to the attention grabber) Additional Tips Decide on the thesis and main points first You do not need to start writing your paper with the introduction Try writing the thesis and body first; then go back and figure out how to best introduce the body and conclude the paper Use transitions between main points and between examples within the main points Always keep your thesis in the forefront of your mind while writing; everything in your paper must point back to the thesis Use this handout to make an outline of your paper Paper Topic:__________________________________ Audience:__________ I. Introduction Possible ideas for the introduction (see front side of handout for suggestions): _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ Thesis Statement (Usually the last sentence(s) in the introduction): ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ II. Body (A paper may have a few or many main points; decide how many your paper will need) Main Point: ___________________________________________________________________ Examples/Details/Explanations: a. ______________________________________________________________________ b. ______________________________________________________________________ c. ______________________________________________________________________ Main Point: ___________________________________________________________________ Examples/Details/Explanations: a. ______________________________________________________________________ b. ______________________________________________________________________ c. ______________________________________________________________________ Main Point: ___________________________________________________________________ Examples/Details/Explanations: a. ______________________________________________________________________ b. ______________________________________________________________________ c. ______________________________________________________________________ Main Point: ___________________________________________________________________ Examples/Details/Explanations: a. ______________________________________________________________________ b. ______________________________________________________________________ c. ______________________________________________________________________ III. Conclusion Reworded Thesis (Usually found near the beginning of the conclusion): ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Other Ideas to Conclude: ________________________________ ________________________________ Clincher Ideas: _________________________________________________________

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