“Should the United States have gone to war in Iraq?”

Follow the process previously detailed in this section to write a well-organized, well-researched, solidly edited, persuasive essay. Make sure to include your support in the form of facts, statistics or quotes. Properly frame the support and cite your sources. Consider your word choice and work to ensure a well-structured introduction and conclusion. Use what you’ve learned about adding phrases to improve your sentence variety.

This essay will be graded using the 6+1 writing traits rubric that can be found in the introduction to the course. There will be 20 points available per trait. The last 20 points will be for a works cited page. Look up the proper MLA formatting for works cited.

Given that this unit is about war and peace, you probably saw this coming. You will write your persuasive essay on the following question:

“Should the United States have gone to war in Iraq?”

You can argue the affirmative or the negative. The speeches you have listened to in this unit can be used as sources. Good luck!

When you are satisfied with your paper, please submit this assignment. Please be sure to document your sources.

You will write your persuasive essay on the following question:
“Should the United States have gone to war in Iraq?”
You may argue the affirmative or the negative. The speeches you have listened to in this unit may be used
as sources.
If you were to break down your persuasive essay into a general outline that you could use as a template
for planning your paper, it would look a lot like this. You may use as many arguments as you wish, but
you must have at least three. Likewise, each argument requires at least one piece of cited evidence, but
the more evidence you have, the stronger your argument becomes. 1. Introduction

a. Hook

b. Summary of the controversy (both sides)

c. Refutation

d. Preview of your support ideas

e. Your assertion

2. Argument #1 (Start with your weakest support idea)

a. Transition and lead in

b. Presentation of the evidence

c. Commentary explaining the evidence and tying back to the thesis

3. Argument #2


a. Transition and lead in


b. Presentation of the evidence

c. Commentary explaining the evidence and tying back to the thesis

4. Support Idea #3 (Save your strongest support for last)

a. Transition and lead in

b. Presentation of the evidence

c. Commentary

5. Closing Statement

a. Restatement of Assertion (reworded)

b. Review of your support ideas

c. Recommendations, Evaluation, Predictions

d. Clincher