- Set the context –provide general information about the main idea, explaining the situation so the reader can make sense of the topic and the claims you make and support
- State why the main idea is important –tell the reader why he or she should care and keep reading. Your goal is to create a compelling, clear, and convincing essay people will want to read and act upon
- This is where you add any background information or pertinent details.
- State your thesis/claim –compose a sentence or two stating the position you will support with logos (sound reasoning: induction, deduction), pathos (balanced emotional appeal), and ethos (author credibility).
- Strong topic sentence including your argument (reason) OR Transitional Sentence with your argument (reason)
- Evidence to support argument
- Warrant (Explanation)
- Counterclaim + Explanation
- Rebuttal to counterclaim + evidence + explanation
- Closing Sentence OR Transitional Sentence
- Begin with a starter to connect ideas in your essay (i.e.- mirroring your introduction, a quotation, etc.)
- Restate your thesis statement or main claim.
- Present 1 or 2 general statements which accurately summarize your body paragraphs.
- Set topic or argument in a larger context (how others are affected, cultural events, etc.)
- Provide a general statement of how the community will benefit from following/ accepting your claim.
- Establish a sense of closure.
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