EN 300 L: Essay #4 (75 points): Discipline Debate Summary
: Tuesday, October 30
In 750+ words, summarize a current debate in your major, discipline, or primary
academic area of interest—this should be a subject that reasonable and informed people within
your discipline disagree on. Make use of strong research to develop a well-rounded
understanding of a currently controversial topic within the discipline. Clearly and accurately
create an overview of the situation and the various positions within the debate. Make sure to use
specific examples of scholars who hold each position, and be sure to use both summary and
direct quotation to accurately illustrate each point of view.
You should NOT take a position on the issue in this essay (though do note that you will take a
position on the issue in Essay 5); rather, simply provide an accurate and fair accounting of the
positions that are taken.
Strong evidence and careful consideration of audience are essential to this essay. Use outside
evidence that will appeal to a range of readers, and cite that evidence on an additional works
Your audience for this paper is made up of those outside of your discipline who are
interested in learning more about the issue at stake, but who do not yet have a good background
in the issue.
Summary: provide a clear, accurate, and detailed of the various positions – 30 points
Reasons and Evidence: Provide strong, clear support for your claims about what the
various positions on the issues are. Make sure to establish your credibility and provide
high quality evidence that a range of readers will accept. Cite your evidence correctly –
Mechanics/Clarity/Organization: Be clear, specific and well organized – 15 points
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