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Essay I—Arguing the Past
Although modern society appears innovative and sometimes unique, every person, invention, and idea today in some way has been influenced or shaped by elements of the past.  Exploring the past and its connections to the present may sometimes reveal issues and tensions that invite a variety of opinions and convictions.  This assignment will give you an opportunity to delve into the connections between some aspect of the past that has created conflicting perspectives and to find your own position on this subject.
Process:

Select a topic that you feel you are comfortable writing about.  Be sure to consider your knowledge and understanding of this topic.
Begin researching this topic through the library database and find out what “others” (scholars) have to say about this topic.
Develop a claim that expresses your position on this subject.  Place the claim as the last sentence in the introductory paragraph.
Select “reasons” to support your position – no more than 3 reasons for the scope of this paper.

The Essay will be 4 – 5 pages (double-spaced, New Times Roman font 12) in MLA format.

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