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English 1100 Essay 1 Argument

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English 1100 Spring 2022 Dr. Kirsten Alm

Essay 1 – Argument Weight: 22%

Due Dates:

Optional Draft Sunday, February 20, 11:59 PST Final Sunday, March 6, 11:59 PST

Essay 1- Argument

Task:

Over the weeks, you have read three articles that discuss artificial intelligence – “Artificial Intelligence: Overview,” “Point: Artificial Intelligence is the Way of the Future,” and “Counterpoint: Artificial Intelligence Must Be Built for the Public Good.” In these articles, you have learned about some of the important elements of the debate about artificial intelligence (AI), and seen authors articulate different positions with respect to this debated technology. In this essay of approximate 850-1000 words, you take a stand on an issue connected to this topic.

Your essay should make and develop a claim in response to the following question:

Should Canada continue to invest heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

This assignment includes:

  1. Introductory Paragraph
    1. Drawing on your research, you will write a focused introductory paragraph that begins with a “hook” or attention-getting statement that is clearly related to the topic of your argumentative essay. It should then clearly explain the current debate surrounding the topic of Canada’s investment in artificial intelligence. In your introduction, you should explain the debate by directly referring to articles you have read this semester. Your introductory paragraph should end with an argumentative thesis statement which makes a claim in response to the question “Should Canada continue to invest heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI)?” and gives TWO reasons to support your claim.
  2. Body Paragraph 1
    1. Body Paragraph 1 should give your FIRST reason to support your position. It should begin with a topic sentence claim that clearly states the reason you give to support your answer to the question “Should Canada continue to invest heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI)?”
    1. You should develop your paragraph using at least TWO SETS of “claim-evidence-explanation.” Remember, you can use personal experience once in your essay, expert opinion, scientific research/statistics, examples/illustration/ or processes etc to support your point.
    1. Your body paragraph should end with a concluding sentence that restates your paragraph’s main point.
  3. Body Paragraph 2
    1. Body Paragraph 2 should give your SECOND reason to support your position. It should begin with a topic sentence claim that clearly states the reason you give in this paragraph to support

your answer to the question “Should Canada continue to invest heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI)?”

  • You should develop your paragraph using at least TWO SETS of “claim-evidence-explanation.” Remember, you can use personal experience once in your essay, expert opinion, scientific research/statistics, examples/illustration/ or processes etc. to support your point.
    • Your body paragraph should end with a concluding sentence that restates your paragraph’s main point.
  • 2 Quotations
    • Your final essay should include minimum TWO quotations and ONE paraphrase, properly formatted in MLA style, to support your claims. You may use your quotations in any paragraph in your essay.

Format:

  • Maximum 3 pages, typed and double-spaced
  • See the MLA section of The Little Seagull Handbook for information about MLA formatting guidelines for Works Cited Pages and for essays in general; remember to use 1″ margins, 12-point Times New Roman font.

Due Dates:

Optional Draft due Sunday, February 20, midnight PST Final copy due Sunday, March 6, midnight PST

Grades: This essay is worth 22% of your final grade.