1. Please identify the debate you will be engaging in, and then post your proposed one-sentence thesis statement for this topic.
Remember, the thesis statement is your answer to the research question. Use your thesis to take a clear stand on one side of the debate or the other.
2. List a peer-reviewed source (for peer-reviewed sources see the “Advanced Search” link just below the Search box on the Library Welcome page) that you plan to use in this essay.
You must include either a short quotation and/or paraphrase with the in-text citation and a works cited entry for this source in MLA form. *Note: To receive credit for this question, the source must be peer-reviewed and correctly cited (a hanging indent is not required to receive credit).
3. Give a tentative outline for your essay. Make sure to include the following sections in your essay: introduction and claim, background, body, and conclusion. Within the body of your Rogerian essay, make sure to include the following: the background for your chosen topic, common ground of a value or higher interest you share with your opponents, understanding of opposing views, and support for your claim.
I. Introduction and thesis
II. Recent historical background on the debate and the point of contention
III. Show understanding of opposition
IV. Establish common ground (typically a value like safety, freedom, patriotism, etc.)
V. Build on common ground to support your claim and also establish any other relevant support for your claim