■Organize and outline your point of view
■State your position clearly
■Present a solution or a unique approach to solving a problem
■ Establish your reasons for your position (including any research that supports your point of view)
■Explain your argument
■Format should use guidelines given by teacher
■Include topic and purpose
■Develop supporting evidence for your point of view: facts, evidence, and research
■Identify the issues; including pros and cons
■Assume readers understand basic concepts but define unfamiliar terms/concepts
■Refer to those who agree with your position to assist you in developing your argument
Start with a topic sentence or two that attracts attention and summarizes the issue
Inform the reader of your point of view
Focus on two-three main points to develop
■ A general statement of the position
■ Writing that references data
■ Past experiences
■ Conclusion restating the position
Establish flow from paragraph to paragraph
■State your position clearly (I believe…I think…)
■Stay focused on your point of view throughout the essay
■Focus on logical arguments
■Summarize, then conclude, your argument
■Refer to the first paragraph/opening statements as well as the main points:
•Does the conclusion restate the main ideas?
•Reflect the sequence and importance of the arguments
•Logically conclude their development?
Share a draft with others to better develop the paper and ensure that your argument is clear.
Revise, check punctuation, grammar, word choice and spelling.
Modified from: http://www.studygs.net/wrtstr9.htm