Compose an essay, between 800-1200 words in length, which presents an argument about the place of hate vs. free speech on college campuses (keep in mind the prompt asks you to narrow this idea down to college campuses specifically, not in general).
- Your essay must also include your argument about whether college campuses should ban or allow what could be considered hate speech on their campuses. That means you need a thesis and topic sentences which state your claim and reasons. You also need support for your argument in the form of cited material and personal experience
- You are required to cite both personal experience and the texts we discussed.
- Your argument should include at least one counter-argument, or point your opposition could raise, to which you respond with a refutation.
The essay should include a minimum of 5 paragraphs: an introduction that ends with a thesis, 3 body paragraphs in PIEIE and a conclusion
- Introduction should include background to the issue and end with your clear thesis (answer to the prompt question)
- Three body paragraphs should provide clear sub-claims (points) or reasons why you think one way or the other and evidence from the sources (quotes and paraphrases that are cited) to support your claims. Each paragraph should follow the PIEIE structure (meaning there would be two quotes per body paragraph).
- Body paragraphs should be begin with a Point, provide two examples from the articles/sources and explain each example
- One of the body paragraphs should start with a counter argument (in one sentence) right before the Point
- Your conclusion should restate the thesis and give the essay a sense of finality
- You must use a minimum of 2 of the sources we have discussed or you have found for support (all should be cited in MLA style)
NOTE: Since you are citing the article, and possibly your own sources, don’t forget your Works Cited page.
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