Marc Turetzky Pols1, Spring 2016 I. Introduction

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.
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