RGUMENTATIVE ESSAY -Nurture Debate or Number and Structure of Traits or Possibility for Change

Personality Profile and Argumentative Essay: Applying these theories to someone you know well will help you internalize the ideas. Each week, you should think about how the theory you are studying would describe your own personality. A number of personality assessment methods are provided each week for you to use in assessing your own personality. These assessments are NOT turned in they are your private business. But they will help provide material for your major assignments in this class.

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* Raymond Cattell identified 16 source traits
* Big 5 Theorists suggest 5 a?super traitsa?
a¦..consider all the other theorists discussed in class
o Your job is to decide which theorist you think best describes the development of personality and the structure of traits. Why?
3. Possibility for Change
A· This debate centers around the following ideas:
o Can one change their personality and traits?
o Pessimists: believe that adult behavior is deeply structured by early childhood or genetics
o Optimists: believe that the environment poses a valid possibility for changea?a?o Your job is to decide whether or not you believe personality can be changed. Find theorists that support your position.


Statement is strong, clear and innovative; demonstrates significant insight about the controversy.

Uses significant detail from at least 4 sources other than text; has at least 4 important concepts to support position.

Shows a sophisticated understanding of opposing view.

Original comments demonstrate in-depth analysis and interpretation of information that is clearly related to thesis and position.
Quotations are brief, used sparingly, and clearly augment or enhance the argument.
Organization is logical and coherent with seamless flow across paragraphs; introduction and conclusion serve to engage reader.
Mastery in the use of Standard English; sentences vary in structure; no mechanical or spelling errors.

Guide for Writing in APA Style

Developed by the NU Psychology Department
Per the Revised Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010, 6th Ed.)

It is recommended that you download and print out a copy of this guide.

Table of Contents

Guide for Writing in APA Style 3

Formatting and Layout of Document 3

Plagiarism (rules and guidance for avoiding) 5

Using Quotations 8

Reference List Citations 11
Citations with Multiple Authors 12
Referencing the Same Author and Publication the 2nd or 3rd Time in a Row 14

Reference List: Examples 16
The DOI (digital object identifier) 18
Websites and tutorials on APA style 19
Level of Heading 19
References 20

Guide for Writing in APA Style
This is a brief guide based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 2010). For more complete guidance, purchase the Publication Manual from the American Psychological Association, Amazon.com, locate it through the NU Library, or in any public library system. The complete title and reference follows:
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Formatting and Layout of Document

The title is typed in uppercase and lowercase letters, centered on the page. The title page should include (centered and double spaced on the page) (a) title of the paper, (b) studentas name, (c) institutional affiliation, (d) course number, (e) professoras name, and (f) date. [Note: The title is repeated at the top of the first page of the text (after the abstract, if one is used)].
The body of your paper opens with an introduction that presents the problem under study. It does not carry a heading labeling it the introduction, but is identified by its position in the paper.
One-inch margins at the top, bottom, right and left sides. (For example, see the margins used in this handout.)
Double space throughout paper, including after every line of the title, headings, block quotation, and reference section. Use only one space after all punctuation including marks at the end of the sentence. (For example, see the spacing used in this handout.)
Each page is numbered consecutively, including the title page and reference page. Type the number in the upper right-hand corner in Arabic numerals using the insert function of your MS Word program. (For example, see the numbering used at the top of the pages of this handout.)
Running Head
Insert a running head flush left at the top of the page using the insert function in your MS Word program. The running head appears on all pages. On the first page (the title page) include the words Running head, a colon, the title (or abbreviated title) in all capital letters (left justified), and a page number on the far right. On subsequent pages, just include the title (or abbreviated title) in all capital letters (left justified) and the page number on