The topic of the final essay is whatever you’ve been working on all term — the topic that you drew from
Washington Black and have been researching and writing/thinking about all semester. It’s perfectly fine —
expected, in fact — if that topic has shifted somewhat as you’ve proceeded through the research process.
You are writing a researched, argumentative essay, so be sure to emphasize logos and limit the use of
ethos and pathos. Counterargument, concession, and rebuttal must be clearly and effectively used
throughout the essay.
Your final essay should be between 8-10 pages long, following all 8th Edition MLA Conventions (Heading,
headers, double spacing, Times New Roman 12-point font, first-line indentation, no extra space between
paragraphs, in-text citations and a properly formatted Works Cited page). Refer back to earlier modules if
you need a refresher, and use the Purdue OWL. Titles should follow the convention of Creative Title:
Descriptive Subtitle, such as Fanning the Flames: An Analysis of WWII Propaganda.
Follow a topic-by-topic organizational pattern (see Organization by Criteria in Chapter 4).
I require a minimum of six sources in this essay, four of which should be scholarly. Most of you will exceed
that number. If you do, keep the ratio of scholarly to non-scholarly sources as consistent as possible (in
other words, if you use eight sources, five-six should be scholarly). All sources — whether scholarly or not —
must be credible. Personal interviews, blogs, anonymous sources, .com websites, k-12 sites, general
encyclopedias (such as Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia) and anecdotal evidence should not be