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Rogerian Essay Ideas, Resources, and Structural Tips

The Rogerian assignment directions are as follows:
First, choose a topic of interest that has two opposing sides. Research that topic in order to specify the topic's scope, so it can be easily discussed in an essay.

The following overused topics may NOT be used in your essay: gun control, abortion, capital punishment, gay marriage, gays in the military, mandatory drug testing, euthanasia, childhood obesity, women in the military, diets (including the Palio diet), workout regiments (including CrossFit), underage drinking, and the legalization of marijuana.

This essay must include a minimum of five sources. You may use eBooks; however, as discussed earlier this semester, books generally are not as current as peer-reviewed articles. You may also use primary sources (interviews, statistics, etc); however, these primary sources should be obtained from experts within that field.

Make sure to include the following sections in your essay: introduction and claim, background, body, and conclusion. Within the body of your Rogerian essay, make sure to include the following in any order: the background for your chosen topic, the opposition, the strengths and weaknesses of your opponents claim, scholarly research, your claim, discuss the warrants for your claim and the opposition in order to find the common ground, and show the common ground between your opponents claim and your claim.

Please make sure your essay is written in third person... 700-900 words

Solution Summary

An often overlooked idea for an argumentative essay is given, with potential sources and tips/tricks for effective argumentation.