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ENGWR 300 (Spangler)

ENGWR 300 (Spangler)

Just/Unjust Laws

Approaching your Assignment

Welcome! This guide will provide information on searching books, databases, and websites to help you research your topic.

Added bonus: The Library provides the required MLA citation for library sources.

Your project (Writing Assignment 3, Researched Argument):

After reading MLK's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," offer your own definition of a just law; you can agree with King, agree with him in part, or disagree; if you disagree, you need to offer your own definition.

Then, please give an example of one or two laws you think are just or unjust and tell why you think the law(s) is just or unjust. Be sure to use specific examples and support your essay with research.

Topics Chosen by Students in Previous Semesters

Cash bail, Felony disenfranchisement, Gun control laws, or the Second Amendment

Search and seizure (Fourth Amendment), AB 3, Car shows

Legalization of marijuana, Legalization of all drugs

DACA or AB 540, Jim Crow Laws

Copyright laws, School zero-tolerance policies

Freedom of speech (First Amendment), Limits on modifications on cars

Death penalty, Seat belt laws, Cyberflashing

Self-defense, Laws requiring women to wear hijabs in Iran

Qualified immunity that protects police officers from prosecution

Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996

Assignment Due Dates and Details

Due Dates--Note how this essay is broken up into chunks

Notes on Four Articles Tuesday, October 10

Detailed Outline Thursday, October 12

Body Paragraph & Introduction Tuesday, October 17

Draft # 1 Wednesday, October 18

Peer review Thursday, October 19

Works Cited Page Thursday, October 19

Final Draft (with Works Cited page) Saturday, October 21

Final Paper Requirements

Final Draft Must Include:

• 4 full pages, double-spaced, and Times New Roman 12-point font. This is approximately 1000 words.

• 4 sources/articles minimum.

• Clear thesis statement that puts forth a strong argument.

• An introduction that guides your reader to your thesis and a conclusion paragraph to wrap up your ideas.

• Synthesis of ideas. Each of your body paragraphs will contain ideas from two or more of the sources. Your body paragraphs will not simply summarize a source – the sources will be used to provide evidence to support your point.

• Correct MLA Citations and a separate correct Works Cited Page.

• Meet all other aspects on the “Complete” rubric.

A level must, in addition to the above:

• Have 1250 words (5 pages).

• Include an outside scholarly source that you have found yourself. This needs to be an academic, peer-reviewed source. Use the SCC Library Database to help.

• Use a total of at least 5 articles in the essay.

• Include at least one viewpoint you don’t agree with and explain why you don’t think this view is correct. In other words, include a counterargument and a refutation.