Essay (Favorable of Legalization of Marijuana)

ENG 101 —- Essay #3: Policy Claim (Argument)

Essay #3 is an argumentative, POLICY CLAIM on a topic of YOUR CHOICE. You must have FOUR sources. Only ONE of your sources must be from the GMC Library. You may use other websites as references; however, they should be reputable sites with a listed, credible author. It is best to stick to websites that end in:

• .org

• .edu

• .gov

Remember, A CLAIM OF POLICY is a claim that argues for a specific course of action to solve a problem. So, your essay should discuss a problem, and PROPOSE a viable solution that is backed up with credible research. CHAPTER 5 in Elements of Argument is a great place to look for more information on claims; start on page 149.


Your paper should be a unified and logically organized essay. It should have an introductory paragraph, body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph.

The last body paragraph is a good place for your COUNTERARGUMENT; your essay must include some acknowledgement of opposing views.

Avoid self-referential (first person) pronouns such as I, me, my, our, we, etc. If you are going to argue that the essay is an effective argument, simply state “The essay is an effective argument” without using phrases such as “I think,” “I believe,” or “In my opinion.”

Review Chapters 1 & 2 in Elements of Argument for more information on concepts such as claim, support, and warrant.

Essay #3 should be at least 1200 words and should be in MLA Format including an MLA heading, MLA pagination, a title, and an MLA Works Cited page with corresponding in-text citations (as appropriate). Review the Purdue OWL for details regarding MLA Format.