The requirements for this assignment are to:
Create a thesis statement with three reasons that underlie your thesis.
Write a 5 paragraph essay that encompasses and explains your thesis statement, and your three supporting reasons.
Begin to think about how this paper will be transformed into your final paper.
Students: Be sure to read the criteria, by which your paper/project will be evaluated, before you write, and again after you write. Refer to the rubric document in Course Information.
For this assignment you will choose one of the applied ethics topics that we will be covering in this course (sexual ethics, abortion, capital punishment, war & terrorism, and animal rights) or any other ethical topic that interests you, and begin to write the framework for your final paper. The framework will consist of 5 paragraphs; an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a final paragraph.
Paragraph 1: In the first paragraph you should provide a brief introduction to the issue that allows the reader to understand the topic and where you will be going with the discussion. The first paragraph should contain a one sentence thesis statement. A thesis statement should contain your moral contention and three reasons why you hold that view. For examples of what is expected, please see the Thesis Statement Guide above in Readings and Resources. Your thesis should resemble example number 3 or 4 in the guide. The thesis statement is a very important aspect of this assignment and will constitute a good portion of the grade.
Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4: Here you will explain the three reasons why you hold the ethical or moral opinion that you do. These paragraphs should encompass the body of your essay, and will contain one reason per paragraph. Each paragraph should start by stating the reason that you will discuss and then explain that reason in further detail using any sources, data, or examples that are pertinent to backing up your opinion with facts.
Paragraph 5: Conclude your essay by very briefly reviewing the three reasons that you have used to demonstrate the strength of your opinion and why they show the issue is ethically significant. Your final paragraph should also contain a paraphrased restatement of your thesis.
This assignment is the first part of a three part process that will lead to a completed final essay in unit 8. The second element of this assignment will come in units 5, 6, and 7 and will require you to analyze your ethical question using three of the ethical theories we have discussed in the course, and choose which system you believe works best to back up your initial thesis statement from unit 4. Please go ahead and read the instructions for the Final Paper before starting this project. The third element will be completing the final paper in unit 8. The Final Paper will be five to seven pages, so please keep that in mind when developing your topic. You must choose a topic that you can cover adequately within the required page length. After you choose a topic, go to the unit that corresponds to your topic choice and begin to use the resources in those weeks to gather information for your paper.
The Unit 1 thesis statement paper must be 375 to 500 words in length (excluding title and reference pages), double spaced, and formatted according to APA style, using Times new Roman type and size 12 Font. You must use at least two scholarly resources to support your claims. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, please visit this tutorial from the American Psychological Association or refer to the Post University APA Style Guide.