1,200-1,500 word essay (4-5 pages)
An interesting and informative title
A clearly stated thesis in the introduction that articulates your position and what you want to argue in your paper.
Logical and clear reasons supporting your argument
A document formatted in correct MLA format
5 sources (peer-reviewed journals, books, and reliable web sources)
One of your sources must disagree with your argument and be used to create a counterargument. A counterargument occurs when you show what the opposing side claims and then refutes that side. For instance, if I am arguing that public schools should require children to be vaccinated unless a documented medical reason prohibits vaccination, then I might cite a source that argues that vaccinations are dangerous. I would show one or two main reasons the source gives and then show why those reasons are invalid as I prove my point about the need for vaccines.
A refutation of opposing arguments (in the counterargument)
A synthesis of sources; do not simply summarize your source material, but show how they are connected and respond to them.
A works cited page in MLA format with corresponding in-text citations. The works cited page should be included in the same document as your essay.