Argument Writing:
Are Video Games
Harmful or Harmless?


You will argue your position about a complicated and debatable issue in our society today – whether role-playing games with simulated violence are HARMFUL or HARMLESS. Your argument will be persuasive and convincing – employing specific argument writing techniques we’ve studied in class (see Course Pack Sec. 4, p. 57-58).

Your argument will be research-based, incorporating evidence from a variety of sources. You will not only state your position, but you will also acknowledge opposing viewpoints in your argument. Direct quotations are required, along with citations for each piece of evidence from your sources.

Your argument will be organized into multiple sections, include all parts of the H.I.D.D.E.N. writing strategy, and conform to MLA formatting guidelines (correct MLA styled page numbers, heading, title, font size, spacing, margins, citations – refer to Course Pack Sec. 4, p. 36, as well as pages 5-6 of the assignment overview packet).


Assignment Sheet with Rubric:

FLASH DRAFT Argument Analysis Graphic Organizer:

Text Set - Choose 2 "Harmful" and 2 "Harmless" Sources for your Argument:


Click HERE to access a digital copy of the Works Cited for the Text Set



Sources from Text Set:


1, "Violent Video Games Do Not Cause Violence"

2. "Violent Video Games Promote Anti-Social Behavior"

3. "Violent Video Games Can Desensitize Players and Increase Aggression"

4. "Kill Pixels, Not People: Exploding the Fake Scientific Consensus on Violent Video Games"

5. "It's a Duel: How Do Violent Video Games Affect Kids?"

6. "Firefight: Should Teens Play Violent Video Games?"

7. "Federal Courts Strike Down Video Game Laws"

8. Hostility Bar Graph

9. "Gun Control: Exploring the Issues"

10. "Playing with our minds: violent video games teach our kids to point and shoot, say their critics. The truth may be every bit as frightening to members of a generation raised to believe they're thinking outside the box"

11. "Do Games Like 'Grand Theft Auto V' Cause Real-World Violence?"

12. "What Science Knows About Video Games and Violence"

13. "VIDEO GAMES: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW"

14. "Playing Video Games Can Make You A Better Searcher"

15. "Game on! New study says video games could be good for you"

16. "Issue Overview: Do video games cause violence?"

17. "Educational gaming is catching on, especially in science class"

18. "Good with a joystick? One university gives scholarships to video gamers"

19. "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"

In-Text Citations by Source:

Text Set Source #
Title of Source
In-Text Citation to use within Argument Essay
1
"Violent Video Games Do Not Cause Violence"
(Kain, "Violent Video Games Do Not Cause Violence").
2
"Violent Video Games Promote Anti-Social Behavior"
(Flanagan).
3
"Violent Video Games Can Desensitize Players and Increase Aggression"
(Drinka).
4
"Kill Pixels, Not People: Exploding the Fake Scientific Consensus on Violent Video Games"
(Bailey).
5
“It's a Duel: How Do Violent Video Games Affect Kids?"
(It's A Duel”).
6
"Firefight: Should Teens Play Violent Video Games?"
(“Firefight”).
7
"Freedom of Speech: Federal Courts Strike Down Video Game Laws"
(“Freedom of Speech”).
8
Hostility Bar Graph
(“Playing Violent Video Games”).
9
"Gun Control: Exploring the Issues"
(O'Brien and Stanton).
10
"Playing with Our Minds: Violent Video Games Teach Our Kids to Point and Shoot, say their Critics. The Truth may be Every Bit as Frightening to Members of a Generation Raised to Believe they're Thinking Outside the Box"
(Suellentrop).
11
"Do Games Like 'Grand Theft Auto V' Cause Real-World Violence?"
(Kain, “Do Games Like 'Grand Theft Auto V' Cause Real-World Violence?”).
12
"What Science Knows About Video Games and Violence"
(Keim).
13
"Video Games: What Parents Need to Know"
(Charity Nerds).
14
"Playing Video Games Can Make You A Better Searcher"
(Grant).
15
"Game On! New Study says Video Games could be Good for You"
(Chicago Tribune).
16
"Issue Overview: Do Video Games Cause Violence?"
(ProCon.org, “Issue Overview”).
17
"Educational Gaming is Catching on, Especially in Science Class"
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).
18
"Good with a Joystick? One University Gives Scholarships to Video Gamers"
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
19
"Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
(ProCon.org, "Do Violent Video Games”).