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AMERICAN LITERATURE PRE-WRITING OUTLINE

Unit 2 Essay Question: Conformity vs. Rebellion is Civil Disobedience an Essential American Value?

BEFORE YOU WRITE: What sources do you plan to use as support?

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AS YOU WRITE: How will you use the writing templates to help you write your best argument?

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for writing packet pages with outline explanation and templates.

Introduction Paragraph

Attention-Getter (be creative and draw your reader into the larger topic of your essay):

They Say (give general background of the topic):

They Say (What is one side to this argument?):

They Say (What is the other side to this argument?):

Who Cares? (Who should care about your argument?) :

So What? (Why should the people in your “who cares?” care about your argument?):

Claim with a preview of main points (What is your view and what are the main points you will cover in your body paragraphs to support your argument?):

Body Paragraph 1

Topic Sentence (first main point previewed in your claim):

Support (Quote Sandwich) 1:

Introduction to the quote/example (use templates!):

Quote/paraphrased support (be sure to cite properly):

Explanation of what the quote is saying AND how it supports your claim (use templates!):

Support (Quote Sandwich) 2:

Introduction to the quote/example (use templates!):

Quote/paraphrased support (be sure to cite properly):

Explanation of what the quote is saying AND how it supports your claim (use templates!):

Concluding Sentence (wrap up explanation of how your main point in this paragraph supports your claim):

Body Paragraph 2

Topic Sentence (first main point previewed in your claim):

Support (Quote Sandwich) 1:

Introduction to the quote/example (use templates!):

Quote/paraphrased support (be sure to cite properly):

Explanation of what the quote is saying AND how it supports your claim (use templates!):

Support (Quote Sandwich) 2:

Introduction to the quote/example (use templates!):

Quote/paraphrased support (be sure to cite properly):

Explanation of what the quote is saying AND how it supports your claim (use templates!):

Concluding Sentence (wrap up explanation of how your main point in this paragraph supports your claim):

Body Paragraph 3: Counterargument and Refutation

Introduction of the Counterargument (introduce the other side of your argument–use templates to name your “naysayer”):

Explanation of the counterargument (fairly explain why your naysayers may believe what they believe):

Specific support/source reference that helps fairly explain the counterargument (you may paraphrase or reference a specific source for the unit that helps to explain why your naysayers may believe what they believe and how they might support that belief):

Refutation (use templates to explain why your naysayers are wrong):

Support of your Refutation (Quote Sandwich) *This should be new support that directly proves the counterargument wrong:

Introduction to the quote/example (use templates!):

Quote/paraphrased support (be sure to cite properly):

Explanation of what the quote is saying AND how it supports your claim (use templates!):

Concluding Sentence (wrap up the explanation of how you have proven why your claim is more correct and/or logical than your naysayers):

Conclusion Paragraph

Restate your claim and summarize your main points (be sure to use new and fresh wording. Also use the list of transitions to use a transition that indicates a conclusion):

Final “So What?” (this is your last chance to add a sense of urgency and importance to your argument–emphasize why your argument matters to readers and perhaps even suggest something your reader could or should do–”call to action”):

  
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