This is a detailed assignment sheet for an argumentative Research Essay. Students choose a controversial contemporary issue with more than one viewpoint (Nuclear Power, Immigration, Gun Control, etc.) research it, pick a side, and argue their chosen side using evidence from outside sources. The assignment sheet includes all steps of the process: topic, sources, notes, thesis and outline, rough draft, final draft, and PowerPoint presentation. It also gives a few other helpful instructions (not making "I" and "you" statements, for example). I have used this assignment successfully as the research project for my junior English class for many years. It is a word document, so the parameters--page length, etc.--can be easily modified to suit your needs.