Many of the controversial problems in our world today are heard in this video. After completing the assignment, “Choosing a topic,” for your research argumentation paper, you will be ready to define the problem at the heart of the controversy.
Defining the issue is where you establish who or what is involved and where you explain its significance, culturally (religious beliefs, ethnic differences, etc), socially, environmentally, economically, and/or politically. It is up to you to determine the issue’s greatest significance. For example, will you focus on the economic impact of the U.S. aiding other nations during crisis, such as the Tsunami in Japan, or on the political impact?
Consider the following:
- Introduce key people, organizations, groups, etc.
- Explain any key terms, traditional thoughts or distinguishing characteristics of the issue.
- Clarify any false perceptions, or misunderstandings
- Give a brief history on the controversy surrounding the issue
- Determine the issues most important significance to society – in other words – why should readers bother to understand this issue more fully?
Write 300 – 400 words in which you define and explain the controversy of the topic you have chosen. Give readers the understanding that you want them to have about the controversial issue and its place in society.
Use Gale Virtual Reference Library and CQ Researcher for good background information and overview of the issue. Be sure and cite any information you use in your blog. Keep track of your sources. The information in this blog posting will become a valuable part of the research paper.