Researched Argument

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.

—Joseph Joubert

There are all kinds of stupid people that annoy me, but what annoys me most is a lazy argument.

—Christopher Hitchens


For this assignment you will write an argumentative paper that presents and argues for a position on an issue by using appropriate, credible sources and logic as evidence.

More specifically, you will write a "propose a solution" argument wherein you must first show that a problem exists and then present and argue for a solution to the problem. The problem and solution should apply to a local context. By "local," I mean something at the county size or smaller (e.g., at BYU–I, in Rexburg, in Madison County, in your hometown or home county, etc.).

Your final paper should

Sample Papers

Several sample Researched Argument papers have been posted for your use.

Turn It In

You will need to produce a completed draft of the paper by Wednesday, July 17 for the Researched Argument Documentation Draft—we will trade drafts in class and assess each other's formatting and documentation.

For instructions about turning in the final draft of your paper, which is due at or before 9:00pm on Tuesday, July 23, consult this page about the Researched Argument Grading Conference.