STRUCTURE OF THE CLASSICAL-FORM ESSAY

Title of essay: A good title indicates two things: 1. Your issue; 2. Your point of view on the issue
1. Introduction (1-2 paragraphs)
Begin essay with your research question.
Define your main terms, e.g., climate change—define climate change; state your specific topic; include statistics?
Identify stakeholders and what values they individually hold
Thesis: Your answer to your research question in causal terms. You will be making a causal argument. Find some causal aspect of your issue. Formulate your thesis as claim plus reasons. Sample claim: X causes / leads to / results in / brings about Y (Eating too much candy causes a stomach ache.)
Sample reasons: “Because clause.” X causes Y because of A, B, C reasons.
Thesis: X causes Y because A, B, C.
2. Body (3-6 paragraphs): enlist the support of your allies among your sources by quoting / paraphrasing / summarizing their arguments as evidence in support of your thesis.
–A reason (1-2 paragraphs)
–B reason (1-2 paragraphs)
–C reason (1-2 paragraphs)
3. Rebuttals (1-2 paragraphs): examine counter-arguments; cite alternative points of view among your sources that disagree with your thesis; try to concede or refute.
4. Conclusion (1 paragraph)
5. Works Cited on a separate page (see p. 450 of the textbook for an example)
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