The Rogerian Proposal
Write your proposed one-sentence thesis statement for this topic.
List a peer-reviewed source (for peer-reviewed sources see the “Advanced Search” link just below the Search box on the Library Welcome page) that you plan to use in this essay.
You must include either a short quotation and/or paraphrase with the in-text citation and a works cited entry for this source in MLA form. *Note: To receive credit for this question, the source must be peer-reviewed and correctly cited (a hanging indent is not required to receive credit).
Give a tentative outline for your essay. 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 opponent’s 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 opponent’s claim and your claim.
I. Introduction and thesis
II. Background Info
a. First example
b. Second etc.
III. Show Understanding of Opposition
a. Fairly present and show value of first reason of other side
b. Fairly present and show value of second reason of other side
(**You might have multiple paragraphs for multiple sides.)
IV. Assert your Position
a. First reason
b. Second reason
(**might have multiple paragraphs for multiple sides)
V. Demonstrate Common Ground
a. Show concessions in some (not all) situations based on context
b. Show higher interest, goal, or benefit achieved**
(** This also might be in the conclusion.)
Write the essay. The purpose of this proposal is to let me know your plan for the Rogerian essay. Prior to completing this proposal, please make sure to review the Rogerian assignment directions carefully. These directions can be found in the classroom. The assignment directions are also given below.
There is no time or submission limit for this proposal assignment. Please take your time in completing this quiz.
The Rogerian assignment directions are as follows:
This essay should be between 900 and 1000 words. First, you will choose a topic of interest that has two opposing sides. Then, you need to research that topic in order to specify the topic’s scope, so it can be easily discussed in a shorter, 1000 word 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. Three should peer-reviewed sources preferably from the APUS databases. 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. If you cannot find strong sources for your chosen topic, then change your topic. If you have a question about the validity of a source, please email me, or post your question to the open forum.
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.
After you have written your essay, please make sure to revise the content of your essay. Lastly, be sure to edit your essay by checking grammar, format, and smaller technical details. Please make sure your essay is written in third person.
The Annotated Bibliography
An annotated Bibliography (AB) is due with your Rogerian essay. Using the MLA guide, list each source as it will appear on the Works Cited page of your essay. Summarize each source in two or three grammatically-correct sentences. These short summaries are the “annotations.”
The following is a sample of an “annotated bibliography.”
Annotated Bibliography (Centered)
Clark, Irene L. The Genre of Argument. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace, 1998. Print.
Clark’s textbook identifies the major steps to developing a well-researched and well-written argumentative essay. Professional essays are included in the text as models.
Ward, Russ. Logical Argument in the Research Paper. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace, 1997. Print.
Augmenting the steps to writing an argumentative research paper is information about proper documentation. The Rogerian System, an important aspect of a well-planned paper, should be studied carefully.