so all of your information must fit within the following structure:

The topic I chose for my persuasive-based research paper “Should immigration laws be reformed?”. I chose this topic because it’s the main issue surrounding this country at the moment, especially with President Trump. I also want to get a better understanding of what and why this issue can’t not be resolved without so many lives being disrupted or dreams being derailed.

There is no minimum page requirement for the essay because the length will vary by topic choice.  However, the average page length ranges from 7-11 pages.  The paper is to be written in double-spaced Times New Roman 12pt. font.

The essay MUST incorporate the following sections.  These are the ONLY sections the essay may include, so all of your information must fit within the following structure:


Abstract – this section gives a brief overview of the process used to create the essay and a short overview of the positions in the essay

Introduction of Topic – this is the traditional introduction of 1-2 paragraphs that has a hook and thesis to set up the body paragraph topics

History of Topic – an overview of how your topic came into existence and/or definitions of terms used in the paper if it is not a historically-based topic.  How did it develop in history.  For example, what is the history of abortions in the US?  How did the Affordable Care Act get developed and become law?  What are different types of alternative therapies used to treat cancer?

Arguments for the Topic – at least TWO arguments in support of your position on the topic must be presented

Counterclaims/Opposing Positions and Rebuttals  — at least TWO counterarguments opposed to your position must be presented.  Each of the counterarguments must be rebutted by your position.

Conclusion – this is the traditional conclusion of 1-2 paragraphs to summarize the body paragraph topics.

References – this is the APA-formatted reference page with all the cited references from the essay