NYC Assignment #4: Arguing about New York City

Transform your informative essay (assignment #3) into a persuasive essay by crafting a thesis that makes a debatable claim about the topic you investigated.  Use MLA documentation style to cite your sources.

Audience:  Readers of a scholarly journal.

Format: Six-seven pages, MLA style.

Advice:  Consider the ways your investigative topic will lend itself to revision into an analytic argument. The transformation from informative to persuasive can be achieved in a number of ways, including: defending or attacking a position, recommending a change in policy, suggesting a solution to a problem, or challenging a value or belief. Additional sources should be researched and used as evidence for the argument you are making.


Type: Develop an analytical argument using original research that includes both primary and secondary sources.

Rationale: The purpose of this assignment is to build on the investigative research and informative essay from assignment #3, recasting that essay in a persuasive essay through development of an arguable thesis. Students learn the value of rewriting and revision by reworking earlier writing into more complex pieces of writing that stake a claim and use evidence to argue a position; they also learn how to use research for more than the presentation of information—see Mark Gaipa’s “Breaking into the Conversation: How Students Can Acquire Authority for Their Writing” from Pedagogy 4.3 (2004) 419-437.

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