America is, to put it bluntly, at a critical junction in history. At the moment, there are a number of prominent issues that are all threatening the safety and stability of the nation and there is a new President Elect who will enter into office at the beginning of 2021 with the potential to design policies to help address these issues.
Similar to the Essay 2 Prompt: Some Advice for Overcoming Obstacles, we are tasked with writing an essay that identifies a prominent issue affecting the nation and putting forth an argument about how you would like to see the new Presidential Administration address these issues. Unlike that first essay, we are not going to be relying on our personal experience/perspectives alone. Instead, we are going to be engaging in the practice of academic research in order to accumulate credible and substantial evidence to support our claims.
The Writing Task
Your are tasked with writing a research-based argument in which you address the Biden Presidential Administration (your audience) and persuade them to focus their time, attention, and resources to addressing ONE prominent issue that America faces.
We will begin this process by reading/listening to President Elect Joe Biden’s 2020 Acceptance Speech in which he identifies and discusses some of the prominent issues that his administration plans to address when his administration takes office. You will have the opportunity to choose one of the issues brought up in this speech OR you can choose to explore a prominent issue that he may have overlooked.
In both situations, you will want to conduct some additional research about the specific issue you want the Biden Administration to address. Your goal with this research is to multi-faceted. 1) In order to persuade your audience, you need to show yourself as a credible source of information. You need to illustrate you are knowledgeable about the issue, and your research will help you identify prominent terms, topics, and events that will help you illustrate and share this knowledge. 2) By conducting research, you will be able to learn more about the causes and effects of a particular issue, and can use this information to develop a more substantial and informed argument.
Based on the research you have accumulated, you will then develop and present a persuasive argument in which you convince the Biden administration to address a particular issue and explain WHY.
Criteria for Success
The essay will be 6-8 pages; MLA Formatting.
The essay will make substantial and relevant usage of a minimum of three resources you have found through your own research.
The essay will be written in a style and tone appropriate for its audience.