Posted: April 19th, 2022
It must be typed, double-spaced, and written in complete sentences.
Ideally, these sentences will indicate the major focus of each section of the essay that you will develop and support:
I. Thesis (remember, a thesis for this essay must clarify the exact issue and your position on that issue)
II. Topic Sentence 1 (your first reason in support of your thesis)
III. Topic Sentence 2 (your second reason in support of your thesis)
IV. Topic Sentence 3 (your strongest reason in support of your thesis)
V. Revised Thesis and Opposing Point (As you’ve already stated your thesis in the introduction paragraph, this version of your thesis should reinforce the same overall position on the issue, but should not use the exact same wording as the opening thesis. We want to reemphasize without regurgitating. Also, include your acknowledgment of at least one major opposing view on the issue; indicate how you plan to address this opposing view. Will you be able to point out a fallacy in their reasoning? Will you concede they have a valid point but explain why it is still not enough to warrant agreeing with their overall position?)
Lastly, tell me what dosage of ethos, pathos, and logos you think will be best for you to use. (Ex: I will use all three appeals evenly. I will rely more heavily on ethos and logos than on pathos. I will rely mainly on logos with smaller amounts of pathos and logos. Etc.)
To see an example of an outline along with some clarifying comments from me, please look carefully over the attached sample outline that is based on the sample essay from the lesson: Paper 4 Sample Outline.doc
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