Why English Should be the Official Language
Choose one topic of recent controversy that interests you. Stimulate your thinking by following the daily news, by browsing the library or on the Internet, and by studying magazines and newspapers representing the varying points of view. A good place to begin will be the editorial section of most local, national, and world newspapers. Write out fully your own viewpoint on the issue. Write freely without self-censorship for as many pages as it takes to exhaust what you have to say. Now shape your principal claim into a thesis, taking care to choose your key terms carefully. Outline your support for this thesis in terms of claims and/or evidence. Consult your research and notes for support for your ideas. Take notes on what further research you may need to complete. As you organize data, remember that you will be quoting or referring to sources in the MLA style of documentation. As you continue to write your draft, decide at some point whether you can fully support your original thesis or whether you might need to modify it. If this should occur, revise accordingly. Make certain to include a Works Cited page. The essay is to be 5 full pages in length.