Is Cheating Wrong?

Name:

Is Cheating Wrong?

Category:

Persuasive/Argument

Subject:

English

Theme:

Prompt:

Is Cheating Wrong? 

“I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win   by cheating.” – Sophocles

“‘Tis my opinion every man cheats in his own way, and   he is only honest who is not discovered.” – Susannah Centlivre

Recently, the idea of cheating has gotten much attention   in the world of sports, entertainment, and politics.  Many celebrities have been accused of gaining a competitive edge through dishonest  means. While cheating has mainly been publicly condemned, there are many that   feel there are times when cheating can actually be a way of making things   better. They believe there is nothing wrong with making yourself a better   athlete, entertainer, or politician if what you have done makes the event   more entertaining, or assists the greater good. Do you feel that there are   times when cheating is acceptable, or is cheating never justified?

In a detailed essay, articulate your position on whether   cheating is always wrong. Use facts and examples to support your position.

As you write, remember your essay will be scored based on  how well you:

 develop a   multi-paragraph response to the assigned topic that clearly communicates your   thesis to the audience.

 support your   thesis with meaningful reasons and sufficient details.

 address the   readers’ concerns, opposing viewpoint, or counterarguments.

 organize your   essay in a clear and logical manner, including an introduction, body, and conclusion.

 use   well-structured sentences and language that are appropriate for your   audience.

 edit your work to   conform to the conventions of standard American English.

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