ENG IIl Outline for Argumentative Essay I. Introduction A. Summary of controversy B. Contextual information C. Thesis and signposting D. Definition of non-objective terms II. Substantiation A. Argument 1. point, evidence, and discussion 2. point, evidence, and discussion B. Argument, etc. as above C. Argument, etc. D. Argument, etc. E. Argument, etc. F. Opposing argument (refutation/rebuttal) G. Opposing argument (refutation/rebuttal) III. Conclusion A. Restatement of thesis (in different language) B. Broader Implications Your outline entries should be single phrases that, all together, suggest the scope of your essay. Your thesis statement alone may be a complete sentence or two. The outline must contain a specific entry for each A, B, C subheading. This will show me that you have a plan for supporting your thesis. Your thesis statement may expand or contract before you write the final draft. IMPORTANT: Follow the directions here. Capitalize the first letter of the first word after a capital letter (under the Roman numeral headings). Do not capitalize any other words in the phrases or fragments you use for those entries (see examples above). If you use an A category you must use a B. When you use a number #1 under an argument, you must also use a #2. If you have only one point to develop under the argument heading, do not use any numerical subheadings there at all, and be sure that your point is well-developed. DO NOT clutter your Formal Outline with details; keep those details on your copy at home. This outline is your efficient servant, a way to organize information for papers in any class or for a business presentation you give twenty years from now.
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