Marc Turetzky Pols1, Spring 2016 Sample Debate Outline I. Introduction A. Get the viewer's attention by asking a leading question; relay something enticing about the subject in a manner that commands attention. Start with a related quote, alluring description, or narration. B. State the thesis, the causes and effects to be discussed; comparison of subject X and subject Y; your position on the issue; your proposal if applicable; and the main points that will develop your argument. II. Body A. First Point/Assertion/Explanation 1. Supporting evidence (i.e., examples, facts, statistics, quoted authorities, details, reasons, examples) 2. Supporting evidence 3. etc B. Second Point/Assertion/Explanation 1. Supporting evidence 2. Supporting evidence 3. etc C. Third Point/Assertion/Explanation 1. Supporting evidence 2. Supporting evidence 3. etc III. Conclusion A. Show how explanations (causes) are logical reasons producing the effects discussed; review subject X and subject Y; reiterate your assertion and proposition (if applicable). Reemphasize your thesis in a fresh way, showing how your have achieved your purpose. If you intend to draw to a conclusion about one subject over the other, emphasize that point. B. Appeal to the reader to see how you have come to a logical conclusion. C. Make a memorable final statement. Works Cited Adams, Paul. "Furious Arafat Is Freed." Globe and Mail [Toronto] 2 May 2002: A1+. Collins, Ronald K.L., and David M. Skover.The Trials of Lenny Bruce: The Fall and Rise of an American Icon. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2002. Continelli, Louise. "A Place for Owls to Heal."Buffalo News 12 Jan. 2003: C2. "E-Money Slips Quietly into Oblivion."Nikkei Weekly [Tokyo] 22 Jan. 2001: 4. Gordin, Michael D. "The Science of Vodka." Letter. Longin, Hellmut. Telephone interview. 11 Jan. 2006. Marshall, Leon. "Mandela in Retirement: Peacemaker without Rest." National Geographic.com. 9 Feb. 2001. 13 Mar. 2003 <http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/02/0209_mandela.ht ml>. NASONEX Nasal Spray, Schering. Advertisement.Newsweek. 9 Sept. 2002: 9. New Yorker 13 Jan. 2003: 7. "Ho Chi Minh." Encyclopaedia Britannica. 2003. Britannica.com. 15 May 2003 <http://www.britannica.com>. O'Keefe, Mark. "Definition of 'Rich' Is Elusive." Detroit Free Press 12 Jan. 2003: 1E+. Schubach, Erik. "Bugs Bunny." Cartoon. CartoonWorld! 1998. 12 Oct. 2004 <http://www.cet.com/~rascal/graphics/bugsbun.gif>. Wolanski, Eric, et al. "Mud, Marine Snow and Coral Reefs." American Scientist Jan.-Feb. 2003: 44-51.