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Essay#2 part 2 of 2:


Many first-year college students lack the necessary skills to transition from high school to college. Write an argumentative essay whereby you argue that “Class in the Classroom” is an important resource for first-year college students.


Using your 300–500 word persuasive essay with my comments and markings, transform the persuasion essay into an argument essay in MLA format. Submit your work in the appropriate link on eCampus by 10/22/2020.


Remember my example in the persuasive essay prompt convincing readers that one should become a police officer? Here is a quick (with varying degrees of grammatical errors) on how to transform that into an argument. A persuasion is a one-sided argument whereby the writer only present one side of the coin; an argument is when the writer acknowledges the other side, but still argue that THIS side is better.


John F. Kennedy once said, “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” Although JFK’s speech was said during wartime, the notion rings true in our everyday lives even today. Being a police officer is dangerous job, but at the same time, it is rewarding in various ways. Police officers are important in keeping the public safe, at risking their lives.

**Note: Main argument against your stance—what is the objection? Acknowledge it: if the objection contains strong, valid supporting details, you can offer alternative sources for readers to consider.

In America, being a police officer is a dangerous job, and most people shy away from pursuing this career because of the inherent dangers that follow. However, there are people who pursue being a police officer because it is an honorable profession. Officers put their lives on the line to protect the public; thus, there is a sense of pride that follows when one protects. Moreover, the dangers are emphasized from police training sessions until the officer graduate (Johnson, 3). Police officers are well prepared, mentally and physically, for the fact that “one in nine officers are attacked yearly,” as the national statistic shows (CDC, 2017). For police officers, danger lurks at every traffic stop, house call, or walk around the neighborhood. However, with proper trainings, police officer can protect themselves from hidden dangers. Some people choose to become police officers, accepting the dangers that follow, because they can follow protocols and are adequately trained to perform the job.

**Note: Reply and discuss why the main objection is invalid. Use statistics, data, testimony, facts, and so on to appeal to the readers. Counter the objection using strong evidence.

While it is true that being a police officer has its hidden dangers, one can train and prepare for these challenges. For one to be successful at any job, continuous training and being aware of one’s responsibilities can mean the difference between success and failure. Furthermore, “officers who train often are constantly aware of the situation, which can mean the difference between life and death,” and by training, the article argues that officers can avoid the hidden dangers and protect themselves (Johnson, 15). It is inevitable that danger exists in almost any job, but it up to the person on the job to prepare himself or herself effectively. For example, if one were a construction worker, the danger is equally staggering. “A construction worker has a 75% chance of a disabling injury and a 1-in-200 chance of fatal injury” (CDC, 2016). Comparing statistics, a police officer with a 1-in-9 chance of being attacked has lower risks than a construction worker of serious injury. Regardless of the danger, if one prepares sufficiently, then facing the unknown danger is reduced to a minimum. Fear should not stop one from pursing his or her career choice. Being a police officer is demanding, but there are inherent dangers with any job.

**Note: Reply and offer a solution. You can cite findings from studies for your argument or against the objection.

While it is true that being a police officer has its dangers, one can pursue other career paths within police work which are less dangerous. For instance, instead of being a traffic police officer, one can become a detective. “Police work means more than just traffic stops, where the dangers are current” and “being a detective is a rank higher with less dangers” (Johnson, 4). Being a detective requires one to solve crimes after the criminal activity has happened rather than while it is happening; therefore, the danger level is not as high. In addition, detective work ranges from insurance fraud to minor scams, or white-collar crimes with minimal risks. Moreover, “crime-scene investigators make up another branch of the police force, and these officers are the true detectives behind the scene” (Anderson, 2). There is more to a police officer than wielding a gun and chasing the perp; one can investigate crimes or use applied sciences to solve a case. Whether one chooses the more physical demanding roles or not, a police officer is an honorable professional and is held in high regards. To serve the public, one can choose a wide range of job functions and sectors in law enforcement.

**Note: Discuss why your argument is valid and should be considered.

Being a police officer is dangerous but rewarding in many ways. While there are dangers in almost any profession, with proper training, one can minimize the risk. Depending on which sectors in law enforcement one chooses, the benefits of being a police officer outweigh the risks; there is a range of police duties from which one can choose if one wants to be an officer. The demand for police officers in America is high because there is a need for freedom to be protected; and many times, officers put their lives on the line and that’s the price to protect freedom.

Disclaimer: I wrote this in 30-40 minutes, so I didn’t have time to spell-check, and I don’t plan to do so.

Essay#2 part 1 of 2:


Many first-year college students lack the necessary skills to transition from high school to college. Write a persuasive essay for these new college students using “Class in the Classroom” to convey to them that the information inside is integral to being successful in college.


Write a 300–500 word persuasive essay in MLA format using “Class in the Classroom” by Joshua Halberstam as reference. Submit your work in the appropriate link on eCampus by 10/13/2020.


If I were to write a persuasive essay to convince readers that one should become a police officer, then the entire essay will focus on the pros, or positive features, only. The 3 bodies of the essay would the 3 reasons as to why one should pursue police officer as a career with valid supporting details.

Reason 1: One should pursue law enforcement as a career because of the high salary and low education required. Most officers earn $55,000 or more with a 2-year associate degree[Expand on this idea for a fully developed paragraph.]

Reason 2: One should become a police officer because of the ranges of jobs available within law enforcement that one could pursue. In other words, one can choose to become a detective, crime scene investigator, or various other positions. The job allows freedom to explore one’s talents. [Expand on this idea for a fully developed paragraph.]

Reason 3: One should become a police officer because of the prestige and honor that come with the job. Being a police officer in one’s community will allow him or her to make a positive impact, while protecting the citizens. [Expand on this idea for a fully developed paragraph.]

What I’m grading:

1. You wrote a persuasive essay referencing “Class in the Classroom.”

2. You used proper English/grammar (avoiding S+V agreement, fragment, comma splice, and run-on errors).

3. You met the criterions of writing: development, organization, and flow of an essay.

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