Gen499 week 2 discussion 1 final argumentative paper topic

Prepare: As you prepare to write your response to this discussion assignment, you may want to review the following resources as these will help you in developing a topic:

It is also recommended that you review these tutorials from the Ashford University Library:

You may also want to review the Week Five Sample Final Paper Guide, so that you can start preparing your rough draft that is due in Week Four.


Reflect: When considering a research topic, consider an interesting topic that is worth further research. For instance, having a strong opinion on a specific topic may deter you from thinking more critically, and therefore the research might end up being one-sided. It is a good idea to pick a topic in which you can provide a good argument for both sides of the societal issue.      
Write: For this discussion you will address the following prompts:

Identify two global societal issues from the following list that you would consider researching further for your Week Five Final Argumentative Essay: common core education; cutting liberal arts funding in support of STEM education; minimum wage; oceans desertification; overcoming the digital divide; refugee (escaping persecution, war, or death) crises; species extinctions (modern); standardized testing in schools; tax havens; TransAtlantic Trade investment partnership (TTIP); universal statement of human rights (pick one); airport security; or wealth disparity.   Keep in mind that you will choose just one of these topics, which will be the same topic addressed in the Week Three Annotated Bibliography assignment, Week Four Rough Draft Submission, and the Final Argumentative Essay.
    Describe effective methods you used in identifying and narrowing down to just one of the two topics to further research for your final essay.
    Explain three ways you can critically analyze sources to determine if they are scholarly and credible.
    For one of the topics chosen, summarize information from at least two peer-reviewed journal articles from the Ashford University Library that will support your claims.
    Explain why scholarly sources should be used to support your writing on the selected topic.
    Download and attach PDF copies of the two articles that you found from the Ashford University Library to your answer using the “Attachments: Add/Remove” function located below your response. Please view this Attaching Documents to Discussions tutorial for more guidance on how to attach your article to your discussion post. You can also view this Citing and Saving Articles in [email protected] tutorial if you are unsure how to save articles found from the Ashford University Library.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length, which should include a thorough response to each prompt. You are required to provide in-text citations of applicable required reading materials and/or any other outside sources you use to support your claims. Provide full reference information of all sources cited at the end of your response. Please use correct APA format when writing in-text citations  and references.


Examples of required reading material:


Bhargava, V. K. (2006). Introduction to global issues. In V. K. Bhargava (Ed.), Global issues for global citizens: An introduction to key development challenges (pp. 1-22). Retrieved from

Charles W. Chestnutt Library – Reference Department. (n.d.). Develop a research topic. Retrieved from


Need back by Wednesday, September 07, 2016 at 8:00p.m. (CST).