This paper should be 3 pages long.The instructions are attached in the word document.Essay 3 Argumentative Instructions
Read section W-7 “Arguments” pp. 43-48 in The Little Seagull Handbook. Read these chapters
BEFORE you begin any prewriting or a rough draft. You will be using two outside sources for this essay,
so also review the “MLA Style” section (green section) in your textbook.
The general topic for this argumentative essay will be the Internet. From this broad, general
topic, you will select some specific (narrowed, focused) aspect of the Internet and argue whether it is
good (beneficial/useful etc.) or bad (harmful/dangerous etc.). DO NOT write an essay on whether the
Internet in general is good or bad. Instead, you will need to narrow your focus. Complete some
prewriting to generate ideas for a narrowed topic. Think about how you use the Internet and whether or
not it makes you a better student, more informed citizen, or more efficient employee. What aspects of
the Internet do you think are harmful or dangerous or addictive?
My hybrid section of this course brainstormed a list of how they use the Internet in class last
semester. They use the Internet for: information (Google), news (online newspapers, news websites),
social networking (Facebook, Twitter), school (Blackboard), shopping (Amazon, eBay), entertainment
(Netflix, HBOGo, Hulu, Spotify, Pandora), personal finances (paying billing, online banking, filing income
taxes), and work.
Arguing involves entering a conversation and adding your thoughts, ideas, and opinions to that
conversation. Part of your essay will include summarizing what others are saying about whatever part of
the Internet you choose to discuss. Reading what others are saying will help you decide what you want
to discuss and may even help you form your own opinion about the topic.
It’s very important that you pick a very narrow topic for essay 3. You must select one small
aspect of the Internet and argue whether it is good, bad, helpful, addictive, dangerous, etc.
Some possible topics include these types of websites: social networking (for example, Facebook,
Twitter and eHarmony), auctions (eBay), gaming (League of Legends, Mindcraft, World of Warcraft, Eve),
shopping (Amazon, online retail websites), information (webmd, allrecipes, wikipedia, sparknotes, cheat
sites), search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing), pornography, gambling (pokerstars), etc. Choose either
one category of websites or one specific website within a category and decide what you want to argue
You will need to have a definite opinion about the website or category of websites. Here are a
couple of thesis statements that I could easily write an argumentative essay on:
1. As someone who hates to shop, Amazon makes my life so much easier.
2. My sons are addicted to online gaming, and it’s negatively impacting their school, work and social
I encourage you to look at other argumentative essays and articles about the Internet (or some
component of it) in newspapers, magazines or online to see what conversations are already being had
about this topic, I caution you to make sure that your print out any articles you plan to incorporate into
your essay. Since this essay requires two outside sources, you need to cite your sources both within the
essay (in-text) and at the end of the essay with a Works Cited page using MLA format. You should have
at least two outside sources, but you may have more. I do submit all of your essays to turnitin.com, a
plagiarism-checking website. If you don’t cite your outside sources, you will receive a zero for
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