Paragraph 1 is your opening. You present the basic question (DO NOT QUOTE THE QUESTION WE GIVE YOU) and inform the reader what your position will be and how you will construct your argument to convince the reader your position is right. It should be about 50-100 words
Paragraph 2 is where you present your 1st type of evidence. Ideally you present evidence from a couple of different studies/sources that help you make your case but they should all be the same KIND of evidence (that is the evidence in this paragraph is all related in some way). It should be about 300-350 words (but remember the total word limit is 800 words)
Paragraph 3 is where you present a 2nd type of evidence. Ideally you present evidence from a couple of different studies/sources that help you make your case but they should all be the same KIND of evidence (that is the evidence in this paragraph is all related in some way). They should add WEIGHT to what you presented in the previous paragraph by coming at it from a bit of a different direction. So the supporting evidence here should be distinctly different from your previous evidence paragraph. It should be about 300-350 words (but remember the total word limit is 800 words)
Paragraph 4 is your Conclusion. This is where you outline what your position was, how you presented convincing evidence and this leads you to make a strong conclusion about the topic. It should be about 50-100 words
References: you MUST use APA format which means proper in text citations and a section at the end of the paper called References where you provide the full details of the cited sources in APA format. Your Burton writing guide in very valuable for this as a guide to referencing in APA but the web has many good sources on it. Your References section is NOT included in the word count. but everything above it IS included (including in text citations, the title, etc.) In Psyc 1010 we won’t be super strict on EXACT APA but you need to be close to correct.
There are lots of different types of essay. In Psyc 1010 we ask students to write an “Argument” essay where you must try to disprove some statement or position. We do this because in SCIENCE we always try to disprove a theory which is much easier than trying to PROVE a theory (which usually takes hundreds of years). To DISPROVE a theory, all you have to do is find evidence against it. It helps if you find more than a single bit of evidence though.
So what do you have to disprove?
Disprove this statement