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For the Final Paper, you will identify a specific claim relative to one of
the topics listed before and defend it with as strong an argument as
possible. These topicsare presented below as questions. The best way to
develop a thesis statement isto offer an answer to the question, and then
state in a clear and specific sentencethe basis for your answer
.1. Should homosexuals be able to marry?
2. Is racism and anti-Semitism still a problem in the United States?
3. Is factory farming cruel to animals?
4. Is anthropogenic climate change (what used to be known as "global
warming")a problem that needs immediate and/or long term attention?
5. Should physician-assisted suicide be legal?
6. What, if any, limits should there be to embryonic stem cell research?
7. Should public workers be allowed to join unions and engage in
8. Is the death penalty just and applied fairly?
9. Are there any legitimate restrictions on gun ownership?
10. Is it a problem if one percent of Americans possess 50% of
American wealthand assets?11. Should abortion be legal?12. Should
evolution be taught in the public schools?13. Are science and religion in
conflict?14. Can one be moral and not believe in God?Part One –
ThesisIn this part of the paper, the thesis is to be stated clearly and
specifically. It shouldappear no later than the end of the introduction
2. Part Two – Argument This part of the paper will present the
argument for thethesis. The focus should be on identifying the strongest
support for the thesis.Then, present that support by constructing an
argument. This argument, or set ofarguments, will probably employ both
deductive and inductive reasoning.Part Three – Counter-thesis and
counter-argumentIn this part of the paper, the strongest objection to the
thesis is presented alongwith an argument (probably briefer than the
argument in Part Two) for that thesis.Part Four – Response to counter-
thesisIn this part of the paper, you respond to and refute the counter-
argument basedon evidence discussed in Part Three. This response will
draw on the earlierargument in Part Two to show that the original thesis
can be defended againstthisobjection.The paper will be evaluated in
terms of the grading rubric. The clearer yourpresentation of the debate
and the more specific you can be in that presentation,the stronger the
paper will be.The Final Paper must be six to eight pages in length (not
counting the cover pageor reference list). You must use at least four
resources, at least one of which mustprovide support for your thesis and
at least one of which must provide support foryour counter-thesis. Two
of the four required resources must be found in theAshford Online
Library. The Final Paper must be formatted according to APA
(6thedition) style, and all resources must be properly cited in text as well
as on thereference page. If you would like to refer to APA samples and
tutorials, log intothe Ashford Writing Center (located in the Learning
Resources tab in the leftnavigation bar).