In your English class, you are reading and discussing Mark Twain’s satirical essay “The Lowest Animal.” Your teacher tells you that some people would argue that Twain’s assessment of mankind is accurate, while others would argue that Twain is generalizing—blaming certain atrocities from history on all mankind as opposed to the few individuals that were truly responsible.
To explore this issue further, you will be provided two common research sources from your teacher, and you will be responsible for finding two more sources on your own. Research thoughtfully. Keep track of source information. You will need it for your works cited page. Read all the sources carefully, and take notes on the information you find.
After completing your research, write an argumentative essay in which you take a stance on the topic of mankind and whether humanity is innately kind or cruel. Make sure you establish an argumentative claim, address potential counterarguments, and support your claim with evidence from the sources you have gathered. Develop your ideas clearly and use your own words, except when quoting directly from a source. Be sure to reference each source by
author’s last name and page number when using facts or details taken directly from the sources.
– Your research paper must be at least 1000 words not including your Works Cited page. Your final typed report must utilize MLA (Modern Language Association) format with 12 pt Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins on all sides, and correct headings and headers.
– Your final research must include a minimum of five sources (“The Lowest Animal,” two teacher-provided common sources, and two self-selected sources). You may choose to use more.
– Your final research paper must have a counterargument where you acknowledge an opposing side of the argument but then deny all or part of its validity.
– Your final research paper must include at least two direct quotations. Remember to lead into the quote with the author’s name and any appropriate credentials.
– Your final research paper must include two graphics (pictures, charts, etc.) to go along with and additionally support your research and evidence. Graphics must enhance the information presented. Avoid inappropriate and distracting graphics.
– Plagiarism will result in a failing grade. Cite everything that is not common knowledge using in-text citations and list all sources in alphabetical order on a Works Cited page.
– Uses a formal, objective tone (Write in the third-person. No ‘I’ or ‘you’.)