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ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY OUTLINE
I.

INTRODUCTION
A.
Lead-In; Suggested Options to Choose From:
Quotation(s)
Question(s)
Anecdote (from your experience or reading)
Myths ("Most people think that . . . ; but in fact . . .)
Reference to text (e.g., one of the essays)
Statistics, Quick Background to Issue
B.

II.

Thesis - YOUR position on the controversy

BODY
A.
--Definitions, Background Information (e.g., e.g., for a paper on daylabor centers: what is a day-labor center, where did this practice start,
how long has this practice been in existence); not too much of this, just
enough so that the reader has a clear understanding of the issue);
--This is also a place for you to lay out any implicit values that need to
be made explicit and defended: e.g., all workers, whatever their legal
status, need to have their rights protected; or, the government should
only be protecting the rights of citizens and legal immigrants)
B.

Acknowledgment of perspective(s) other than your position; succinct
summ