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Essay Assignment 2 (E-02) –
Documented Argument in APA
Specifications
Your argumentative essay will be on an environmental topic from the
list of options below. Consider your audience for this paper to be your
peers. The essay should be between 3 ½ and 4 pages (850 to 1,000 words)
in length, not including the cover page, abstract, or reference page.
It should be double spaced in Times New Roman 12 point font and must
include:
An introduction, a minimum of 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion
a clearly articulated thesis that states the claim, position, or
stance that your essay will prove in the introduction to your paper
5 cited sources, at least 2 of these sources should come from the MDC databases
At least 4 quotes from your sources
Topic sentences that focus the discussion in the body paragraphs
Examples, details, and explanations, and other researched
evidence in the body paragraphs that clearly support the claim of your
thesis
Counterarguments and refutations that show you understand the
complexity of your argument and can accurately acknowledge the views of
the opposition and refute them
Clear connections between ideas from paragraph to paragraph and within paragraphs (coherence)
Proper APA style format in the cover page, in the abstract, in
the in-text citations, and in the Reference page (see the template and
instructional video for creating the APA format)
Reference page listing a minimum of five sources
Standard usage, grammar, and mechanics
Important Information
You will submit your final draft through the Turn-it-in drop box
designated for this purpose in the course. Please be aware, that
although Turn-it-in does allow for similarities for quotations up to 24
%
of your paper, any similarity above 24
% is considered too high for an
original paper and will be flagged as plagiarism.
You can get help with your paper at any of the campus writing
centers, and you can also receive online help via SmartThinking, the
online tutoring service provided by the College. This service is
available by clicking on SmartThinking in the left-hand menu bar of the
course under Tools & Resources.
Were in the midst of a planet-altering climate crisis.
Read
1)
the McKibben article, “How Extreme Weather is Shrinking the Planet” provided in Module 2.
2)
two articles from A below
3)
two articles from B below from the MDC database,
Opposing Viewpoints.
TOPIC:
Your APA paper must focus on the effects of climate change and include
at least one thing you can do to fight it. (If the links arent live,
cut and paste them.)
A.
Provided Articles – choose 2
1.
New York Magazine:
Uninhabitable Earth:
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html?gtm=bottom&gtm=bottom
2.
New York Magazine: UN Says Climate Genocide Is Coming. It’s Actually Worse Than That: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/10/un-says-climate-genocide-coming-but-its-worse-than-that.html
3.
Salon: On Climate Change, Its Time to Start Panicking:
https://www.salon.com/2018/08/05/on-climate-change-its-time-to-start-panicking
4.
Rolling
Stone: Houston: A Global Warning: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/hurricane-harvey-houston-flood-is-climate-change-warning-w500596?utm_source=rsnewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily&utm_campaign=083117_16
5.
EcoWatch: “Scientists Warn We May Be on Track to Hothouse Earth”:
https://www.ecowatch.com/scientists-warn-hothouse-earth-2593568878.html
6.
Rolling Stone: Welcome to the Age of Planet Migration:
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/welcome-to-the-age-of-climate-migration-202221/
7.
Time: Climate Change May Be Spreading Flesh-Eating Bacteria to Unexpected Waters:
https://time.com/5606665/vibrio-vulnificus-climate-change/
8.
BBC:
European heatwave: France hits record temperature of 45.9C [114 F]:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48795264
9. The New Yorker: How South Korea is Composting its Way to Sustainability:
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/03/09/how-south-korea-is-composting-its-way-to-sustainability
10.
Science Alert:
Ice Sheet Melting is Perfectly In Line With Our Worst-Case Scenario, Scientists Warn
https://www.sciencealert.com/ice-sheet-melting-is-perfectly-in-line-with-our-worst-case-scenario-scientists-warn
B.
MDC Opposing View Points Database Articles – choose 2
Opposing Viewpoints:
Go to the Energy
and Environmentalism section.
You’ll find thousands of magazine, newspaper, radio, and reference articles there. Here’s how to get there:
https://www.mdc.edu/learning-resources/
Databases
Log in: Student number (example: 1000012345); PW: the last 4 digits (2345)
Social Sciences>Opposing Viewpoints>Energy and Environ
Here are some general websites that might provide some useful data for your research:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Laws and Regulations:
https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Data:
https://www.epa.gov/facts-and-figures-about-materials-waste-and-recycling.
World Bank Data:
https://data.worldbank.org/topic/environment.
United Nations Environment Program:
https://www.unenvironment.org/regions/north-america.
350.org:
https://350.org/science/.
NASA on climate change:
https://climate.nasa.gov/.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):
https://www.ipcc.ch/about/.