Point/ Counterpoint Essay Assignment

a 4 page point/counterpoint (persuasive) essay APA format over the topic

” Should medical marijuana be legalized in all 50 states? ”

 

1. An interesting introductory paragraph that clearly introduces the question to be discussed with the point (argument for) and counterpoint (argument against). Do not include your opinion (do not say “I think, I believe, in my opinion.”)

2. Briefly list 3 strong arguments FOR the issue (the point). ***Each of the 3 arguments must cite a source.  Do NOT use any quotations. Instead, paraphrase (write in your own words) the ideas or information and cite the source.

3. Briefly list 3 strong arguments AGAINST the issue (counterpoint). ***Each of the 3 arguments must cite a source. Do NOT use any quotations. Instead, paraphrase (write in your own words) the ideas or information and cite the source.

 

1. Briefly state your opinion on the issue in the closing paragraph.

2. List your references in alphabetical order at the end in APA format.

3. List your in-text citations from each reference inside the sections they apply to in order to show which reference the information came from.

 

Use at least 4 total different sources for your arguments. Each of the 3 arguments for and each of the 3 arguments against must have at least one source. You can use the same source for more than one argument.

At least 2 of the sources must support your point (for). They must come from peer-reviewed journal articles or government reports.

At least 2 of the sources must support your counterpoint argument (against). They must come from peer-reviewed journal articles or government reports.