Case is a multi-source Argumentative essay in which the writer addresses peanut allergies – causes and solutions.  For this essay students must locate three credible and reliable sources.

In preparing one’s essay, consider the following questions: Why have peanut allergies surfaced over the past few years? Does a school have the right to ban peanuts for all students? A medical point of view? What modifications can/should be made in the workplace and educational setting? What does this allergy reveal about our society from a social point of view? These are just a few ideas to consider as you begin to formulate your position on this topic.

A well-organized essay has a beginning, middle, and an end.  The beginning, or introduction, should include an opening sentence to grab your reader’s attention.  Follow the opening sentence with a brief background on the recent peanut allergy epidemic.  The last sentence of the introduction is the thesis statement.  The thesis statement would likely state that the paper will address causes of and solutions for peanut allergies.

A well-supported essay includes supporting points, details, and examples.  For this essay, you must decide the best way to organize the body of the paper. Each body paragraph must have a topic sentence that states the main point of the paragraph.  Perhaps each paragraph could explain in detail the specific ways to give.

This essay must include THREE sources (found by the student) and no less than EIGHT total citations from these three sourcesCitations are to be a combination of direct quotations and paraphrased quotations with or without the author’s name.  

The conclusion typically summarizes the main points of the essay and/or closes with a lasting impression.  Where do we go from here?

The essay must also include a Reference List that includes all sources used.

Be sure to proofread your essay and edit for proper grammar, punctuation, diction (word choice), and spelling, as errors in sentence skills will lower a final grade.  A grade will be determined based on the Module 5 Case expectations and the Trident University General Education rubric for English.

Papers must be double-spaced in Times or Times New Roman font (12 cpi) with standard one-inch margins.

Assignment Expectations

  • Write an argumentative essay (no less than four pages in length) that states an original thesis statement on the peanut allergy epidemic.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make and support an Argumentative claim using multiple secondary sources.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create a formal References List in APA Style for a multi-source Academic Essay.

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