Claim Sentence Essay Outline

Another Argument Outline Template

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Audience and how you plan to appeal to them:___________________________________________________________

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Attention Getter: _________________________________________________________________________________

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Explain the interest in this topic.  What experiences have caused the writer to become interested (careful using 1st person!)?

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Background Information, including history and context for problem: ___________________________________________

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Thesis - Claim: __________________________________________________________________________________

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How you will appeal to Ethos: _______________________________________________________________________

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Refutation or Opposing Arguments (Explain them, explain how and why there may be value in them, and disagree with the parts you believe to be invalid.  Establish common ground): ______________________________________________________________________________________________

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Evidence to support your claim, including appeal to logos, and pathos. (Evidence must come from your sources, both primary and secondary: examples, statistics, facts, studies, testimony, data, etc.)

Reason 1 supporting your claim:____________________________________________________________________

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Reason 2 supporting your claim: ___________________________________________________________________

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Reason 3 supporting your claim:  ___________________________________________________________________

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Do you have a solution to the problem?  (This may or may not be applicable.) How will it work?  What are its advantages?

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What does the future look like without some resolution to this problem?______________________________________

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Creative, thought-provoking closure:_________________________________________________________________

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Introduction

Starting Sentence Option 1: The death penalty may seem like [a great idea/a horrific torture], but [did you know/were you aware] that it is available in 30 states? The killing of a [criminal/wrongdoer] is something that is [permitted by the government/government sanctioned] and that is [a good thing/very wrong]. [thesis statement]

 

Starting Sentence Option 2: Much controversy surrounds [the death penalty/capital punishment]. The idea of killing someone [as a consequence/in punishment] of a crime seems [cruel/just] to many, but others [are for/are against/protest] it. In fact, the death penalty is [thesis statement].

  • Certain crimes require a o-strong="er punishment for deterrence and capital punishment is the ultimate deterrent.
  • You cannot rehabilitate some people and these people should be put to death.
  • The death penalty does not allow for rehabilitation or repentance. If the person is killed, they cannot fix their ways.
  • Every human deserves the chance at life, no matter what they have done and we cannot take that right away.

Amnesty International

Bureau of Justice Capital Punishment

Death Penalty Fact Sheet

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