- Has a clear introduction
- States a focus/position statement clearly, precisely, and thoughtfully
- Uses specific evidence from the text(s) to support and develop the position, and explains that evidence logically
- Takes into account what people who disagree with you might think and tries to respond to that
- Concludes effectively
1. Introduce the topic by giving background information that briefly explains the topic so that the reader will understand the topic to be argued. (3-4 sentences)
topic. Writing a direct thesis by including the reasons in your thesis is optional.
II. Body Paragraphs
1. The first two (or more) body paragraph gives a reason that supports the opinion stated in the thesis. This reason is supported with facts, data, or information.
2. One paragraph discusses the opposite viewpoint. After you pose the counter argument, contest it. Say why the counter argument is faulty and why your argument is stronger.
1. Use a transition signal for the conclusion such as: in conclusion, to conclude, etc.
2. Restate the thesis in different words than you used in your introduction.
3. Summarize your main points.
4. End with a final comment on the topic.