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Imagine this scenario: Our State magazine is going to do a feature/cover article on a Wilmington cultural event/locale that they will select as “The Spirit of Wilmington.” The goal of the Our State article is to highlight a representative of a hopeful future resurgence in community, industry, activism, tourism, etc, once we are able to move about the world more freely. Your job is to argue that your chosen Wilmington entity deserves the spot on the cover because it best represents the spirit of Wilmington for reasons A, B, C, and so on. This is NOT at all an argument or report on Covid. Spend no more than two sentences on that element.
The Wilmington-based place or event you chose can be from the long list in Week 14/Step 1, or what you researched for Week 14/2, or something else entirely.
The focus of the argument must embody that your chosen topic represents the spirit–“spirit” as defined by you–of Wilmington, not just that they deserve the cover/cover story because they can bring in a lot of money (though that’s certainly a valid argumentative point). You should begin with a claim, followed by evidence that backs up your claim. The argument should be clearly organized, cohesive (your points work together and build upon each other to strengthen your argument), and persuasive (using ethos, pathos, and logos where appropriate).
It is important that this is an argument, not simply a report on your chosen subject. You need to consider not just the subject itself, but its contribution to Wilmington’s social/financial/historical/cultural importance, which will entail research on other facets of Wilmington not necessarily directly related to your chosen place/event. How does it represent the city? What are its contributions to the city, financial and other? Why is it important? Why is it more important that it’s chosen as the cover story than other places or events? Why is it deserving?
In a normal world/semester, I would require field sources for this paper, like visiting the place, conducting interviews, polls, etc. Because of the impracticality/impossibility during these lovely Covid times, I of course won’t require it, but I want to highly encourage you to get hands-on and conduct interviews/take polls that might be of benefit to your argument.
This is a research paper and must utilize a minimum of five total sources. You should include multiple types of research, including field research if possible. Go to the event/place, if practical and safe. Interview people, via phone or email, associated with your event/place. Conduct a relevant, balanced non-frivolous internet poll. Get the insider scoop. You may use two sources that you gathered from field research but aren’t required to. You may use academic sources; you are not required to do so for the final draft, but you will for the working bibliography. You may use reputable popular sources for the rest.
50% Strength of Argument (includes use of persuasive evidence, ethos/pathos/logos, etc.)
20% Use of Evidence (includes a minimum of seven properly blended quotes, using all three blending styles)
10% MLA (headers, font, Works Cited page)
10% Meets four-page minimum