EN 300 L: Essay #5 (125 points): Discipline Debate Argument
In 1000+ words, make an argument on a controversial issue within your discipline,
major, or primary academic area of interest. Note that this essay is meant to build off of the work
you did for Essay 4. Organize your essay around a strong thesis that takes a specific position on
the issue. Briefly summarize the issue and the points of disagreement on it (including specific
examples) and then defend your position with thorough research, strong evidence, and rigorous
reasoning. Think of your role in this essay as a scholar joining in a discussion and adding your
own argument to it.
This essay has a dual audience. Your primary audience for this essay should be
students and scholars in your field, those who have at least a little background in the debate you
are addressing. Your secondary audience will be people outside your field who are interested in
your topic but may not have the background to fully understand it. Don’t forget about this
secondary audience, since it will likely include the person assigning you a grade on this essay.
In other words, your essay should be rigorous enough to be persuasive to those in your field, but
also accessible enough that others outside your field can understand and appreciate your
See rubric (handed out separately) for grading scheme.