Write an essay on Free Trade vs. Fair Trade. Learn more about the issue, and take a position on it. Present the issue to readers, and develop an argument for the purpose of confirming, challenging, or changing your readers’ views on the issue.

Write a focused paper and on the issue. The writer presents the issue so the reader understands it. Issues need more or less explanation and examples, depending on what the audience already knows.

Have a clear position. The thesis is positioned effectively, usually at the beginning or end of the essay, and repeated for emphasis and clarity as needed.

Have plausible reasons and convincing support. The writer must provide reasons for supporting the position. The writer must go beyond simply asserting reasons, by including examples, statistics, expert testimony, and/or anecdotes to support the reasons.

Anticipate opposing position and objections. An effective argument for a position includes recognizing and refuting opposing arguments, as well as anticipating and answering a reader’s questions.

Writing Requirements

  • 3–4 pages in length, in APA format (excluding cover page, abstract, and reference list)

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Grading Criteria: 100 Points Total


Addresses purpose effectively, uses assignment to explore topic’s intrinsic interest, shows full understanding of issues, engages audience, establishes credibility, uses headings, format and citation in APA style (where relevant) effectively


Focuses consistently on clearly expresses central idea, uses paragraph structure and transition guide reader effectively


Explores ideas vigorously, supports points fully using a balance of subjectivity and objective evidence, reasons effectively making useful distinctions.


Employs words with fluency, develops concise standard English sentences, balances a variety of sentence structures effectively