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					                                Position Paper Outline
       Please create a clear and organized outline, like the one below, to write a rough
draft of your paper. This will be the “roadmap” you will use to write the final version of the
position paper.

I. Introduction. Viruses are /are not alive because of A, B, C, D, E and F. Each letter
stands for a short description of each trait.
                      Ex. Viruses should not be considered alive because they are not cellular, do not
              respond to their surroundings, and do not have the same chemicals as other living
              things. They also don’t grow or develop, use energy, or reproduce.

II. Concession. A paragraph that admits the other side has some interesting points, which
is why we are debating, but not good enough to be convincing.

               Ex. Although it may seem that viruses are not alive because they can not reproduce
               without a host, or may seem too small to be cellular, we feel the reasons we mentioned
               above are more convincing proof that they are alive.

III. Body of Argument. Each reason (A-F) should have its own paragraph with a main idea
sentence and supporting sentences based on definitions, examples or explanations.
              Ex. (main idea)→ Viruses are made of some of the same chemicals that other
               living things have. (definition) →Organisms are made of proteins, lipids,
               genetic material, water…etc. (example) → Viruses are made from two of
               these; proteins and genetic material. (explanation) → Since viruses have some
               of the chemicals of life, they have that same trait as all other organisms.

You can follow this format or change the order if you like:

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supporting sentence (a definition) _________________________________________________

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supporting sentence (an explanation) _____________________________________________

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IV. Conclusion. Write a summary of the reasons to wrap it all together neatly.
             Ex. Because A, B, C, D, E, and F are true about viruses it is clear that viruses
             are / are not alive.
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