Your essay should address most — if not everything — we have discussed this seme
Your essay should address most — if not everything — we have discussed this semester. By this, I mean your paper should analyze the ethos, logos, pathos, and logical fallacies of your sources to support your answer to the question. In other words, you are expected and will be graded on your use of the key terms learned during the semester. For example, if you are analyzing ethos, use the word “ethos.” If you are analyzing red herring, use the term “red herring.” Explain each term in a sentence or two and focus the paper on your analysis.
This assignment isn’t necessarily political (although it can be). My advice is to engage with your sources and analyze what the sources say based on the definitions I provided from the FBI and from Merriam-Webster. In other words, what do your sources say based on the definitions and your analysis/interpretation(s)? A good way to approach this assignment is to think of yourself as an unbiased journalist by asking the following questions:
What do the facts say?
What do the sources say?
Are the facts and sources aligned in their interpretations?
Finally, interpret both to determine that January 6 was a terrorist attack or that January 6 was not a terrorist attack. Yes, your personal opinions and beliefs will guide your research and your answer, but try to remain as neutral as possible with your analysis.
The purpose of this essay is not to summarize the sources but to use the sources to form a fact-based opinion about what transpired that day that classifies it as a terrorist attack or does not classify it as a terrorist attack.
four pages with at least one line onto the fifth page
an introduction with a hook, transition to topic, background and an argumentative thesis statement
topic sentences with transitions that relate to the thesis
body paragraphs with at least three points; integrated quotations and paraphrases using signal phrases; analysis or commentary; and in-text citations using MLA format
a conclusion that answers the “so what?” question
a Works Cited page using MLA format with entries for each source; use at least three sources and not over-rely on one secondary source for most of the information; students should use multiple sources and synthesize the information found in them
express critical viewpoints and develop original thesis-driven arguments in response to social, political, and philosophical issues; this argumentative essay will be well organized, demonstrate an ability to support a claim using analysis and elements of argumentation, and integrate primary and secondary sources
sustain the argument’ use transitions effectively; and use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation
address issues of bias, credibility, and relevance in primary and secondary sources
demonstrate an understanding of analytical methods and structural concepts such as inductive and deductive reasoning, cause and effect, logos, ethos, pathos, and the recognition of formal and informal fallacies in language and thought