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ESSAY 2 THESIS/OUTLINE INSTRUCTIONS AND CHECKLIST

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Ethical Argument

Topic: Genetically Engineering Humans

Watch the YouTube video for an overview of the debate:

Thesis Statement/Outline Assignment

In Module/ Week 4, you must develop an outline for the 1000-1200 word ethical argument essay that you will write in Module/Week 5.  Your outline should include a clear thesis statement and a plan of support. Be sure to consider all parts identified in “The Elements of Argument (Planning An Ethical Argument)” in the textbook readings, and include at least the minimum requirements listed in the chart below for this week’s assignment. Some research sources for this essay have been provided for you in Blackboard. Any additional sources that you may choose to use must be credible academic sources.  Include at least 4 quotations, 1 summary, and 1 paraphrase (6 total) into your essay from at least 3 credible sources to support your thesis statement and provide opposing arguments. Be sure to document your sources correctly according to your documentation style (Current APA, MLA, or Turabian). You are encouraged to use biblical support for your ethical essay. (Note: Wikipedia is NOT an acceptable source for academic writing.)

Ethical Essay Prompt

Write an ethical argument in which you address the question: “How far should scientists go to modify humans through genetic engineering?” 

Helpful Hints

• Read “Outlining an Ethical Argument” in your textbook to understand all parts in an ethical essay.

• Use the Questia and Jerry Falwell Library Research links in Blackboard to locate credible academic sources in addition to those provided in Blackboard.

• Review the Essay 2 Thesis/Outline Grading Rubric before submitting your thesis/outline in Blackboard.

Part 1

Included below is the minimum that you must include in your thesis/outline; however, taking the time to construct a complete and thorough outline will help you save time when you write your actual essay.

(Minimum) Outline Requirements

Successful Needs Revision

1.  Thesis statement: Clearly states your debatable argument relative to an ethical principle  

2.  Evidence: Presents points that support the thesis based on the principle (In your outline, include at least the minimum number of required paraphrases, summaries, and/or quotes from outside sources as indicated in assignment instructions.)  

3. Opposing argument(s): Presents viewpoints opposing your thesis argument giving special consideration to opposition of the ethical principle. (Including the strongest opposition to refute helps build your credibility and convinces your audience to consider or adopt your position.)

4. Documentation Requirements for Outline (Include minimum number of sources required for this assignment.):

If using current APA format, include properly formatted parenthetical intext citations and a References page.

If using current MLA format, include properly formatted parenthetical intext citations and a Works Cited page.

If using current Turabian format, include properly formatted footnotes and Bibliography page.  

Part 2

When you are satisfied with the quality of your outline, submit it to Blackboard. Do not forget to write your degree program and whether you are using current MLA, APA, or Turabian on the title page and in the “Submission Title” field when submitting your paper.

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