1. Generate an arguable and timely topic that poses a PSI question.
2. Write a thesis-driven classical argument essay.
3. Create a focused argument that includes reasons supported by evidence, incorporates opposing views, and addresses underlying assumptions.
4. Research, incorporate, and document secondary sources.
5. Make appropriate rhetorical appeals (logos, ethos, pathos) to a skeptical or neutral audience.
6. Arrange ideas in a logical and purposeful order that is easy for the reader to navigate.
7. Produce a final draft that shows an understanding of argument as an evidence-seeking process and a product of persuasion, as well as an indication of revision and attention to conferences and peer reviews.
8. Correctly use diction, punctuation, and spelling for a college-level audience.