• Working Title
    Thesis: A single statement that not only identifies your controversy, but also establishes the main argument for each side, giving your audience a preview of what is to come.

    I. Introduction
    A. Opening

    1. Attention hook
    2. Establishment of the issue at hand
    3. Your thesis statement
      B. Establishing the issue
    4. Overview of the problem or controversy
      a. Information from source(s)
      b. Personal experience or observation
    5. Background information
      a. Definition of key terms
      b. Information from source(s)
      II. The point of view or “school of thought” about the issue
      A. Introduce main point/argument
    6. Establish the thesis
    7. Provide evidence
    8. Examine the supporting evidence
      a. Test the evidence for methodology
      b. Test the evidence for interpretation
    9. Examine the reasoning/logic
      B. Introduce 2nd main point/argument
    10. Establish the thesis
    11. Provide evidence
    12. Examine the supporting evidence
      a. Test the evidence for methodology
      b. Test the evidence for interpretation
    13. Examine the reasoning/logic
      C. Examine the influence or significance of the argument
    14. Examine logic
    15. Point out strengths and weaknesses of the argument
      III. The 2nd point of view or “school of thought” about the issue
      A. Introduce main point/argument
    16. Establish the thesis
    17. Provide evidence
    18. Examine the supporting evidence
      a. Test the evidence for methodology
      b. Test the evidence for interpretation
    19. Examine the reasoning/logic
      B. Introduce 2nd main point/argument
    20. Establish the thesis
    21. Provide evidence
    22. Examine the supporting evidence
      a. Test the evidence for methodology
      b. Test the evidence for interpretation
    23. Examine the reasoning/logic
      C. Examine the influence or significance of the argument
    24. Examine logic
    25. Point out strengths and weaknesses of the argument
      IV. Propose Solutions
      A. Establish common ground
    26. Find similarities in arguments
    27. Set up solutions
      B. Solutions offered by others
    28. Information from source(s)
    29. Critical analysis of various perspectives
      V. Conclusion
      A. Draw your critical conclusions
      1. Sum up ideas for both sides
    30. Place argument in larger context
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