English Homework (BOTH PARTS)


Throughout the next four modules, you will plan and develop an argumentative essay.  Your homework assignments will consist of:

  • Module 1: Taking a Stance
  • Module 2: Developing an Outline
  • Module 3: Providing Body Paragraphs
  • Module 4: Submitting the Completed Essay

Taking a Stance

Below is the topic for Essay 1.

Essay 1 Topic


Television is an interesting form of entertainment.  With a proper cable subscription, one’s television can display 75+ channels of moving pictures.  At some point in our lives, we have watched television.  There are numerous reasons why television appeals to many people.  In an effort to appeal to large numbers of people, many television shows look to outdo one another for ratings.  Unfortunately, a quest for ratings sometimes leads to a lack of valuable and educational material.  While it is easy to chastise television for some of its raunchier shows, we might agree that television can offer some valuable, quality television programs.


For this essay assignment, consider the following:


In your opinion, is television good or bad for American society?  In either case, what evidence can you provide to strengthen your point?


For this essay, you will want to do the following:

  • Choose 1 or 2 shows that can help strengthen your argument (focusing on too many shows will cause you to lose track of your main point)
  • Incorporate outside sources that agree and help strengthen your position in the essay (a minimum of 2 sources are required aside from your television show as an example)
  • Remember that it is not enough to say, “Television is bad” or “Television is a good thing.”  You must explain how and why.

APA Format:

  • Length is 3 pages
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Spacing: double-spaced

Remember, a strong essay will have a clear thesis statement that establishes your position.  The remainder of your essay will support your thesis statement with reasons and evidence.


Module 1 Homework Assignment Instructions


Upon reading the Essay 1 prompt, you will consider your position on the essay topic.  Your task for this Module 1 Homework Assignment is to submit an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement regarding the above essay topic.  Remember that a thesis is the claim or main idea or premise of an argument, so you will submit your claim in this Module 1 Homework Assignment.  For some information about writing thesis statements, please read Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements (Purdue Online Writing Lab).


Since you have to submit a thesis statement for this assignment, it will help to include an introductory paragraph.  Remember that a thesis statement (your claim/argument) is usually placed toward the end of the introductory paragraph.  By including your thesis statement in your introductory paragraph, you allow your reader to understand your argument early in the essay.  Once you have an introductory paragraph with a strong thesis statement, the remainder of your essay will flow better.


Part II: Using Appeals



Directions: After you have written your introduction and thesis statement, you should consider what you will use in order to convince your audience.  For each – ethos, pathos, and logos – write a paragraph in which you describe how you would use this appeal in your essay.

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