Posted: September 17th, 2017
Bullying is a pervasive epidemic impacting our society today, sometimes with tragic results, including diminished self-esteem, poor academic performance, and in some cases, school shootings and suicide. Beyond the schoolyard, bullying lurks within social circles, in the workplace, and beyond.
This essay is to address the causes of (and solutions to overcome) this recent epidemic. To do so, students may wish to identify three causes and three solutions. Be mindful that causes may also very well be solutions. For example, lack of good parenting may be a cause of bullying while quality parenting could certainly be a solution. The same might be said for media and technology or perhaps education/educators.
A well-organized essay has a beginning, middle, and an end. The beginning, or introduction, should include an opening sentence to grab your reader’s attention. Follow the opening sentence with a brief background on the topic or situation. In this case, it would be brief summary on the recent epidemic of bullying. The last sentence of the introduction is the thesis statement. The thesis states the main point of the essay, which in this case, would be a statement affirming the paper’s focus on the causes of and solutions for overcoming bullying.
A well-supported essay includes supporting points, details, and examples. For this essay, you must decide the best way to organize the body of the paper. Will you have six body paragraphs – three for each cause and three for each solution? Will you address causes first and then follow with solutions or will you provide a solution after a discussion of each cause? In any case, each body paragraph must support (explain) your reasoning (rationale) using specific details. Each body paragraph must have a topic sentence that states the main point of the paragraph, which in this case would be each supporting point.
This essay must include at least 8 citations in APA Style from no less than 3 credible sources. Citations are to be a combination of direct quotations and paraphrased quotations with or without the author’s name. Credible sources may be from books, magazines, newspapers, online journals, or web pages, though in every case, the source must be credible and reliable.
The conclusion typically summarizes the main points of the essay and/or closes with a lasting impression that connects the reader to their world. In this case, where do we go from here? What can your reader do to address this issue?
The essay must also include a Reference List that includes the readings quoted in the essay.
Be sure to proofread your essay and edit for proper grammar, punctuation, diction (word choice), and spelling, as errors in sentence skills will lower a final grade. A grade will be determined based on the Module 4 Case expectations and the Trident University General Education rubric for English.
Papers must be double-spaced in Times or Times New Roman font (12 cpi) with standard one-inch margins.
The first person “I” is not used in a formal essay, nor is the passive “you.” In place of “you,” “one” may be used.
• Write an argumentative essay (no less than six pages in length) that addresses the causes of and solutions for overcoming bullying.
• Include an introductory paragraph with thesis statement.
• Include body paragraphs (each with a topic sentence that states the point of the paragraph) that support the thesis through examples and details.
• Include a conclusion that summarizes the main points of the essay.
• This essay must include at least 8 citations in APA Style from no less than 3 credible sources.
• Include a Reference List for the sources used in the essay.
• Proofread your essay for errors in grammar, diction (word choice), punctuation, and spelling.
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