For this assignment, you will write your final argumentative essay on a topic related to the issues raised in Just Mercy. Remember that our goal has been to build in-depth knowledge and expertise on the subject, so it is okay to write on a similar topic that you've already covered. The idea is to take a different approach or examine another aspect of the issue. You will, however, need to use new sources that you have not previously referenced, and you may not "recycle" material from previous essays.
Ensure that it is a focus that can be fully explored in an essay of at least 1250 words (roughly 5 pages). Because of its length and complexity, you are encouraged not to follow the 5-paragraph essay organizational style. You are especially encouraged to find a topic providing a solution to one of the problems presented in the book. Think locally. What can you do to alleviate some of these problems?
As before, this essay will be graded accorded to the criteria in the Essay Rubric. The materials and assignments in Units One, Two, and Three are designed to help you meet that criteria, so apply what you are learning in the readings and assignments to your essay. You are also expected to apply the feedback from all of the essays to improve this one.
Your essay needs to demonstrate your mastery of the course concepts we have addressed throughout the semester.
Because this is a research-based essay, you should begin by collecting and reading appropriate sources. Use MLA format (8th). You will need at least 5 scholarly sources to help you with the content. Your ability to integrate that source material and cite it properly are major considerations for this essay.
Then spend time brainstorming, drafting, and fleshing out your ideas. Remember: by this third essay, you should be an expert on your topic and writing sophisticated, in-depth content that reflects that content knowledge. You can, of course, email me at any point to double-check topics or ideas.
As we are focused on college-level writing, this essay should be polished and professional. Neither first nor second person narration are acceptable. Your language should be polished and sophisticated and appropriate to the topic you have chosen. For an argumentative essay, your rhetorical situation is an especially important consideration.
In addition to the discussions to help you generate ideas for content, you will have the tutors review your essay, and you will use Grammarly to help you proofread. In the final draft, please underline your thesis and topic sentences. For this final essay, it is especially important that you have addressed the issues from previous essays and demonstrated mastery of those concepts.