Discursive Essay Layout Heading

Another Argument Outline Template

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Audience and how you plan to appeal to them:___________________________________________________________

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Attention Getter: _________________________________________________________________________________

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Explain the interest in this topic.  What experiences have caused the writer to become interested (careful using 1st person!)?

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Background Information, including history and context for problem: ___________________________________________

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Thesis - Claim: __________________________________________________________________________________

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How you will appeal to Ethos: _______________________________________________________________________

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Refutation or Opposing Arguments (Explain them, explain how and why there may be value in them, and disagree with the parts you believe to be invalid.  Establish common ground): ______________________________________________________________________________________________

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Evidence to support your claim, including appeal to logos, and pathos. (Evidence must come from your sources, both primary and secondary: examples, statistics, facts, studies, testimony, data, etc.)

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Reason 2 supporting your claim: ___________________________________________________________________

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Reason 3 supporting your claim:  ___________________________________________________________________

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Do you have a solution to the problem?  (This may or may not be applicable.) How will it work?  What are its advantages?

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What does the future look like without some resolution to this problem?______________________________________

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Creative, thought-provoking closure:_________________________________________________________________

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Planning a discursive essay

The following basic structure should be employed for writing this essay.

  • Provide an interesting introduction.
  • Provide a clear indication of your position, your stance in relation to the topic (are you 'for' or 'against' ?).
  • Present your first argument, with supporting evidence.
  • Present your second argument, with supporting evidence.
  • Present your third argument, with supporting evidence.
  • Present your fourth argument, with supporting evidence, and so on (the number of paragraphs like this will depend on the number of arguments you can offer).
  • Indicate, in a single paragraph, that there is another side to this argument, with some idea of the points likely to be made for the view(s) which are opposite to your own.
  • Reiterate (state again) your position and conclude your essay.

This plan is followed in the exemplar essay provided in this revision bite.

Listen to this audio clip about presenting a balanced argument.

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