The Issue of Gun Control

In this Stance Essay, you will expand your thoughts on the reaction paragraph you wrote in last week’s essay. In that reaction paragraph, you stated why you agreed or disagreed with the author of the article you read. So for this assignment, you’ll expand on those thoughts and turn that paragraph into a full essay. You will not need to summarize the article again.

In other words, this essay will focus on your ideas about the topic, not someone else’s. You will state the point that you want to make regarding the topic and direct your ideas to a larger audience, so most of the essay should be written in your own words.

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One of the requirements of this assignment, however, is that at some point in your essay, you must use at least one direct quote from the article or a paraphrase of one of the author’s ideas to help support one of your own points. Whether it is a point that you agree with or a point of disagreement that you want to point out, please make sure that you include a relevant point that you explain fairly and smoothly within your paragraph, whether in a body paragraph, in the introduction, or in the conclusion. (Tip: It may help to review the article before writing.)

The easiest way to breakdown this essay into manageable parts when you organize your ideas is to identify 3 main points you want to make to support your stance–that is, 3 reasons why you have your opinion. Once you’ve identified those 3 points/reasons, use the PIE method to express each one in complete, developed paragraphs, each with a point, illustration, and explanation. This will result in 3 complete body paragraphs; then, you would only need to add your introduction at the beginning and your conclusion at the end to have a complete 5-paragraph Stance Essay.

A successful essay draft will include the following:

A correctly formatted document that begins with a cover page, according to the 10 steps you learned about in Assignment 1 in Week 1.
Beginning on page 2 of the document, an opening paragraph that hooks the reader with an engaging introduction and a clear thesis statement (or assertion). The thesis statement should state your position on the topic. It should flow naturally at the end of the opening paragraph (not be separated from the beginning of the paragraph).
3 body paragraphs (each covering a reason you have for your opinion) that all use the PIE method to make them complete.
A conclusion that wraps up your essay by summarizing your main points.
At least 400 words altogether. To have a balanced essay in which each body paragraph gets about the same amount of attention, a suggestion is about 100 words for each of the 3 body paragraphs. Have about 50 words in the introduction, and about 50 words in the conclusion. This comes to about 400.
A reference page, which should be the final page of your document, the page that comes after the page on which your essay ends (in other words, it gets its own page; for example, if the essay ends on page 3, then the reference list should be on page 4). Center the word Reference on the first line. Then, type the reference entry (left-aligned) and indent the second line (called a hanging indent). Since the article you read in Week 5 is in your textbook, the textbook is the reference. It is:

McWhorter, K. T. (2019). In Concert: An Integrated Approach to Reading and Writing. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.


Don’t forget to carefully proofread your work to ensure you have strong mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization).


The feedback that my instructor gave me was to add 2 more paragraphs of my thoughts and opinions before the conclusion paragraph.

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