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Molly Plount
4/17 discussion
Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:41pm
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My process for writing this paper started with the research. I picked my topic from the Issues and Controversies database that Joyner Library has on their website. Then I researched that topic and found a handful of sources that could have been used. Next, I wrote down all of my key points and why they were important to my paper. I ranked these points from the most important to the least. After that, I listed all of the counter arguments and wrote down ways to make them invalid. Then I started on the paper. I wrote my body paragraphs first, incorporating all of my key points and the articles that backed them up. Then I wrote my introduction and conclusion. The greatest challenge for me was choosing which side of my topic I wanted to argue. I started out being completely for drug testing welfare recipients but after all going through all of the research, I was leaning towards the opposite side. I ended up writing my paper on the opposite side from what I originally wanted to argue. I feel that the research was my strong point. In the paper, I stated my point but when it was backed up by research, it made a very valid and strong argument. I am concerned about the flow of my paper. There were many pieces that went together very nicely but the over all connectedness concerns me. I tried my best to make it all fit together orderly and I am hoping that it works out the way I want it too. This paper was really neat to write because I had a complete change of heart while working with my topic. Itís very easy to form an opinion about something with not much background knowledge but you never know how you truly feel until youíve seen all angles. That was a very eye opening experience for me. This is a lesson I will carry with me throughout the rest of my life. I hope to make better and more informed decisions about serious topics in the world and what I choose to defend.

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