Task: One of the many reasons why Frankenstein is relevant to us today is because it deals with the issue of tampering with the unknown and failing to take responsibility for ones actions. While we will not directly write about Frankenstein for this next essay, we will be writing on an issue that is related to it. Specifically, on November 2, 2004, the passage of Proposition 71 opened the door for the advancement of stem cell research in California. Even today, this is a hotly debated topic, and it will continue to be a hotly debated topic as long as the field of science continues to make medical advances. Your assignment is to write an argumentative essay that deals with the issue of stem cell research. Specifically, I would like you to focus on embryonic stem cell research. This assignment will require you to present both sides of the argument and advance one of the sides using the methods that we have and will discussed in class via the modules. In other words, pick a side to the following question: Should embryonic stem cell research be permitted to advance? You should have six paragraphs total for this essay.
*First, you, of course, will have an introductory paragraph. Your introductory paragraph will have a claim (remember from your reading that in an argumentative essay there is a claim, not a thesis). For this essay, your claim will be a claim of policy, so make sure that you use the appropriate word or words (they can be found in your textbook) to make your claim a claim of policy. If I get to the end of your introductory paragraph and I do not find a claim of policy with the appropriate word or words, you will get a zero on this assignment.
*Second, you will have two supporting paragraphs that support your claim. Each of these two paragraphs will bring up and discuss one point in support of your claim. Do not use two paragraphs to discuss the same point.
*Third, you will have two rebuttal paragraphs that will discuss one opposing viewpoint in each of the paragraphs. Remember: since these are rebuttal paragraphs, you just need to bring up the oppositions point in two or three sentences and then spend the rest of each paragraph rebutting the oppositions point. Do not spend the entire paragraph supporting the oppositions point. In other words, in each of your rebuttal paragraphs, you should address one of the opposition’s arguments, identify with the opposition, and then rebut the opposition’s argument that you brought up at the start of the paragraph. Be sure to focus on that one argument, and do not ignore the question.
*Fourth, do not forget to write a conclusion paragraph.
For this assignment, you will need at least four different outside sources, and proper MLA format is required for this essay. Also, you may not cite to a .net, .org, .com, .gov, or .whatever source (except when using the Internet to access Santa Ana Colleges or any college library’s database for books, articles, journals, etc.). Your body paragraphs (the two supporting paragraphs that support your claim and the two rebuttal paragraphs) will need a different source for each paragraph. For the rebuttal paragraphs, use the source to support your rebuttal points, not the oppositions points.
Just as in most of the essays for this class, you may not use pronouns that refer to yourself in this essay; that is, do not write in the first person (I, me, my, mine, we, our) or second person (you, your, yours) in this essay; instead, write in the third person (he, his, she, her, hers, they, their, theirs).