Academic arguments follow a strict structure. The benefit of learning this structure is that it has broad applications: once you master its basics, you can use this structure for almost all writing tasks, regardless of the discipline or focus (in a course on sociology, history, criminal justice, and so forth). The idea is to present information in a predictable manner so that any academic audience can follow the argument without difficulty. Of course, there are degrees of skill in structuring an argument, and there are instances in which you may need to adjust the standard structure to fit the expectations of an assignment or task. Nevertheless, we will focus on learning the basics to ensure you are prepared for future writing tasks.
For this assignment, begin by reading “The Ongoing Challenge to Define Free Speech,” by Stephen J. Wermiel. Then, create an argumentative response to the text in a minimum of 300 words. Your argumentative response should establish a position on the topic of free speech. For example, you might explore what ideas or claims you agree or disagree with from the text.
In your argument, be sure to include the following information in this exact order:
A topic sentence that establishes your focus and the main idea of your argument.
A sentence that introduces the original text (including the full name of the author, the title, and the purpose or argument of the text).
A brief quote (no more than one sentence) from the text which captures the main idea you want to respond to for your argument.
Your development of the argument in numerous sentences.