Then Put Your Thesis Statement Here; The Thesis Must Be One Complete Sentence Combining Your Opposition’s Argument And Your Rebuttal.
of your Paper in Upper and Lower Case (Centered, not Bold)
This page begins your Pro-Con position Paper. Begin
your introduction here. Be sure to incorporate an attention grabber. You may
also provide any necessary contextual or background info here if needed. Do not
attempt to prove the thesis statement in these sentences; don’t have obvious
ideas. Prove the thesis below it, not above it. If appropriate, provide a
bridge from the introductory sentences to the thesis. Remember
to employ an objective tone by applying only 3rd person point of
view (no 1st: I, me, my, we, our, us, mine) or 2nd: you,
your person point of view), unless in direct quote. Then put your thesis statement here; the thesis
must be one complete sentence combining your opposition’s argument and your
(your oppositions’ point)
with a topic sentence written in your own words that presents your grounds.
Next, apply the evidence/warrant. Signal
phrases are highly recommended to introduce new sources (ex: According to Dr.
John Smith, head physician at the Mayo Clinic…). Cite your sources in APA
format via parenthetical citations. Follow through with a few sentences
examining the evidence and connecting it back to your main point. If needed, apply any conciliatory language to
connect to the audience and avoid putting them on the defensive. Strive 5-10
developed sentences in a college level paragraph.
****Note: based on
which outline approach you chose in Week 5 (divided or alternating) your draft
will either continue with 2 other counter-arguments similar to the one above,
followed by 3 rebuttal paragraphs – or it will jump straight to the 1st
rebuttal as demonstrated below.
with a topic sentence written in your own words that presents your grounds. Then identify the first point of contention.
Discuss this point and why you disagree with it. Point out faults in the
argument; explain why the point has little merit. Then argue why your ideas are
superior. Then, apply the evidence/warrant. Signal phrases are highly recommended to
introduce new sources (ex: According to Dr. John Smith, head physician at the
Mayo Clinic…). Cite your sources in APA format via parenthetical citations.
Follow through with a few sentences examining the evidence and connecting it back
to your main point. No conciliatory
verbiage is needed in the rebuttal paragraph, but you should still remain
objective and respectful. Strive for a minimum of 5 developed sentences in a
college level paragraph.
here you will develop your remaining body paragraphs following a similar
approach. In the final paper, students should have at least 6 body paragraphs:
3 counterarguments & 3 rebuttals, applying either the alternating or
divided organizational approach.
Then put your conclusion or final paragraph here. Reiterate
your main argument. Avoid repetition or straight
summarizing of earlier information. Instead, apply one of the concluding
techniques from our reading or Week 3 lesson. As before, strive for a minimum of
5 developed sentences per paragraph. Then revise, edit, and proof your
draft….and submit for an ‘A’!