Consider this list of controversial questions from American politics:
- Should there be a path to citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants?
- Should the country's energy policy be affected by climate change?
- Should the government have access to the phone and internet activities of American citizens?
- Should a gun buyer undergo a background check?
Answer these questions for yourself. Then, select the issue you feel most passionate about. Construct a fully fleshed out argument for the opposite position from yours on this issue, in 1-2 pages. Use the rhetorical strategies discussed during this unit. Fill out the Debate Organizer handout to help you organize your arguments.
Use these resources if you need help constructing your argument:
- UNC Writing Center: Argument
- Purdue OWL: Argument Papers
- Creating an Argument: Thesis vs. Purpose Statements
- Introduction to Debate
- Taking Sides
Keep in mind that you will not be using your argument in a live debate during this activity; however, the same principles of argumentation may help you formulate a persuasive argument.