Tragedy and the Common Man

Tragedy and the Common Man
Minor #1- Argumentative Composition Assignment & “Tragedy and the Common Man” Essay

Minor #1- Argumentative Composition Assignment & “Tragedy and the Common Man” Essay

ENG 4UE– Argumentative Composition
Minor Writing #1

The purpose of this Argumentative Essay is to primarily develop ONE main idea. This idea (also referred to as your thesis) is found in the topic sentence. Smaller points which are supported by valid arguments are used to strengthen the main idea.

This style of writing is used to explain something to the reader. What needs to be explained may be either factual information or opinion. In each case, a main point needs to be explained so that the reader can clearly comprehend what the writer knows or believes.

Format/Success Criteria: Although this argumentative essay includes personal opinion, it is still considered a formal writing piece and MUST NOT be written in first person or include personal pronouns such as (I, we, us, you etc.)

You will write a short composition. You must limit yourself to one and a half pages max (Double Spaced, Font: Times New Roman 12).

MLA format must be used in the structure of the assignment (including the title header).

Your Topic sentence will be your first sentence of your composition. It will address whether your paper supports or refutes Arthur Miller’s argument in “Tragedy and the Common Man.” (Essay is attached below).

You will also address your two supporting arguments in your opening, creating an academic thesis (not a list thesis!).

Your Two body paragraphs will follow the single point, proof, explain format.

Your points will come directly from “Tragedy and the Common Man.”
Your proof will come from two separate scholarly sources/ contemporary periodicals or well known literary works which will act as support to your overall thesis and the point you are making in that particular paragraph.

You will close your composition with a strong statement, reaffirming the argument that has been thoroughly explained.

All of your points and proofs must be cited correctly using MLA format (in text citations and a works cited page).

Argument Topic:

Support or refute the main argument (thesis) made by Arthur Miller, in his article “Tragedy and the Common Man.”

**Two additional academic/scholarly sources (books, academic journals, peer reviewed University publications) must be used to help support your points regarding the literary concept of “Tragedy.”

Assignment requirements: There will be two separate submissions for this assignment

1. Outline Map (submitted separately) /10 T/I **See due dates

2. Good Copy (Including Works Cited & in text citations)- Assessed with Rubric

MLA- General Format
MLA style specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing. MLA style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical citation in their essays and Works Cited pages.
Writers who properly use MLA also build their credibility by demonstrating accountability to their source material. Most importantly, the use of MLA style can protect writers from accusations of plagiarism, which is the purposeful or accidental unaccredited use of source material by other writers.
If you are asked to use MLA format, be sure to consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th edition). Publishing scholars and graduate students should also consult the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd edition). The MLA Handbook is available in most writing centers and reference libraries; it is also widely available in bookstores, libraries, and at the MLA web site. See the Additional Resources section of this handout for a list of helpful books and sites about using MLA style.
Paper Format
The preparation of papers and manuscripts in MLA style is covered in chapter four of the MLA Handbook, and chapter four of the MLA Style Manual. Below are some basic guidelines for formatting a paper in MLA style.

General Guidelines

Type your paper on a computer and print it out on standard, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper.

Double-space the text of your paper, and use a legible font (<link is hidden> Times New Roman). Whatever font you choose, MLA recommends that the regular and italics type styles contrast enough that they are recognizable one from another. The font size should be 12 pt.

Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks (unless otherwise instructed by your instructor).

Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides.

Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin. MLA recommends that you use the Tab key as opposed to pushing the Space Bar five times.

Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor may ask that you omit the number on your first page. Always follow your instructor’s guidelines.)

Use italics throughout your essay for the titles of longer works and, only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis.

If you have any endnotes, include them on a separate page before your Works Cited page. Entitle the section Notes (centered, unformatted).

Formatting the First Page of Your Paper

Do not make a title page for your paper unless specifically requested.

In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor’s name, the course, and the date. Again, be sure to use double-spaced text.

Double space again and center the title. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks; write the title in Title Case (standard capitalization), not in all capital letters.

Use quotation marks and/or italics when referring to other works in your title, just as you would in your text: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Morality Play; Human Weariness in “After Apple Picking”

Double space between the title and the first line of the text.

Create a header in the upper right-hand corner that includes your last name, followed by a space with a page number; number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor or other readers may ask that you omit last name/page number header on your first page. Always follow instructor guidelines.)

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