Is affirmative action good or bad for society?

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W4 assignment description

For this essay, follow the Writing and Formatting Your Essay Guidelines in W2

W4 essay prompt:

Is affirmative action good or bad for society?

For the above assignment, here are some articles for and against affirmative action. You are not required to use these, but you may, and you are encouraged to find additional online resources on your own:

(In your paper, the second line of each reference will be indented)


Drake, Bruce. “Public Strongly Backs Affirmative Action Programs on Campus.” Pew Research Center. Pew Research Center, 22 April 2014. Web. 27 May 2015.

Ogletree, Charles J., Jr. “The Case for Affirmative Action.” Stanford Alumni. Stanford U, Nd. Web. 27 May 2015.


Strauss, Valerie. “A Basic Flaw in the Argument against Affirmative Action.” Washington Post. Washington Post, 17 July 2014. Web. 27 May 2015.

Weissmann, Jordan. “The Best New Argument for Affirmative Action.” The Atlantic. The Atlantic Monthly Group, 31 July 2013. Web. 27 May 2015.


Hanson, Victor Davis. “The End of Affirmative Action.” National Review Online. National Review, 1 May 2014. Web. 27 May 2015.


Joshi, Rohit. “It’s Time to Change Affirmative Action in Colleges.” Huffington Post. HuffPost News, 15 March 2015. Web. 27 May 2015.


“Poll Finds Most Americans Oppose Affirmative Action When Defined as ‘Preferences’.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 June 2009. Web. 27 May 2015.


Sacks, David, and Peter Theil. “The Case against Affirmative Action.” Stanford Alumni. Stanford U, N.d. Web. 27 May 2015.


In addition, you may use other sources on the internet to support your argument. (Note: all sources you use to support your argument need to be available to me on the Internet.)

As with all essays written for this class, follow the specific guidelines outlined in the Writing and Formatting Your Essay Guidelines. In addition, review the Essay Grading Guidelines to be sure that you are meeting all criteria.

Remember, take a stand (thesis statement), then use topic sentences to introduce paragraphs that support your stand/thesis. Below are a few example topic sentences. You do NOT need to use these: I simply want to provide you examples of a clear topic sentence.


  • Affirmative action promotes diversity in campuses and/or workplaces.
  • Affirmative action gives the poor a chance to succeed.
  • Affirmative action evens the playing field.


  • Affirmative action promotes reverse discrimination.
  • Affirmative action could encourage the hiring of less qualified employees.
  • Affirmative action reinforces racial stereotypes.

References note:

Use a minimum of 2 authoritative, credible online sources to support your argument, at least 1 source in each body paragraph. Each quote should be introduced in the text: let the reader know in advance whom you are quoting and the context of the source. All sources are correctly cited in the text using parenthetical citations where needed, and each source is included in a Works Cited or Reference section at the end of the document, following either MLA or APA style guidelines (see course textbook) consistently. Do not cite sources in the body of the essay with Internet addresses (URLs), nor only use a URL for the reference at the end of the document.


1. Begin each body paragraph with an underlined topic sentence. The topic sentence is a clearly stated reason in support of your thesis. It cannot be a question or a quotation. Reminder: A topic/reason sentence has two jobs: to serve as a reason in support of your thesis, and to announce which reason will be discussed and supported in the body paragraph that follows. Again, each topic sentence should be a reason in support of your thesis, not simply an introduction to the paragraph.

2. Following the topic sentence, provide support from your readings on the topic: you must use and cite at least two sources in W2, at least one source in each paragraph.*

3. Cite your sources using either MLA or APA style. Consult your course textbook or the online Purdue Owl if you need help citing and referencing a source in an academic paper. Please remember that the MLA Style Guide has been recently updated, and the examples on your textbook may not include the most recent changes.

4. Include a References (APA) or Works Cited (MLA) list after the second body paragraph

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