ENG 101 Essay #5
Due: Friday, December10
For thisfinal essayof the semester,Iwouldlikeyoutoargue a specificopinionon“something.” We will
be lookingata handoutinclasson “Persuasive Writing” butyou can decide what topic you want to
argue. There are onlytwo“rules”forthisassignment – (1) you mustargue about somethingthatyou
have passionfor,and(2) youmust use a directquotationsomewhere inyourargument(note:youare
not requiredtoinclude a“WorksCited”page but itmust be clearin yourpaperwhere yougot the
If you are completelystuckforideas,youare more than welcome toanswerone of these options:
A. Look throughthe essayswe haven’tlookedatin ThisI Believe. Forexample,on pages159-161
isan essayby RickMoody (a well-knownAmericanwriter) onwhyhe lovesreadingandhowhe
approachesinterpretation. Perhapsyoucouldwrite aresponse towhathe says – for example,
youmightdisagree withhisideathat“the readercompletesthe text”(160). Instead,youcould
offeryourowntake on what happenswhenyouread.
B. Withthe rise of the internet,tonsof informationisnow readilyaccessible tostudents,parents,
administrators,andteachers. Youmayhave heardof one website,
encounterintheireducational pursuits(acompanionhighschool ratingsite is
www.ratemyteachers.com). Withsucha website,studentscanpostratingsondifferent
professors,evennotingtheir“hotness”factor. Doyou thinksucha website isuseful? Howdo
you“see”theirratings? Are they“correct” basedonyour own experienceswiththese
instructors? Wouldyouargue that such a website isuseful (ornot)?
Here are listsof possible topicsforanargumentative paper:
Don’tforget– youcan come upwithyour ownideastoo! But I am lookingforapproximately3double-
spaced, typedpages. Make sure you have a clearpurpose/argumentandsupport/development!