Good news: For your argumentative paper, you already have a head start! For this
assignment, you’ll be turning your compare/contrast paper into your 3 page argumentative
paper. You’ll try to convince a person, who has an opposing viewpoint, to believe in your view
of the topic that you’ve already chosen. If you cannot find enough information on your topic,
then we’ll figure something out.
Write your topic here____________________________________________________________
Monday, March 10 Finish discussing chapter; read examples
Go over assignment; review databases
Tuesday, March 11 Reading Day=bring book; descriptive revisions due
HW: Begin to look for sources; actively read your sources by Thurs
Wednesday, March 12 In the media center, locate 3 reliable sources from one of our
databases. No random websites. Actively read sources by tomorrow.
Thursday, March 13 Three sources are due; You’ll work on your double entry notes for
each source in Lab 121. You’ll need a sheet of D.E. notes for each
source, which should include at least 3 quotes each.
HW: D.E. notes due Friday (2 copies)
Friday, March 14 D.E. notes are due; we’ll begin working on outlines (choose audience
and format). HW: Finish outlines LAB 121
Monday, March 17 Review outlines by meeting with me one-on-one; start typing draft
LAB 121 HW: Draft due on Wednesday with Works Cited
Tuesday, March 18 Keep typing…and I’ll keep meeting with people one-on-one
LAB 121; HW: draft with works cited is due tomorrow
Wednesday, March 19 A draft of your paper with a works cited is due
Editing Day by tracking changes in LAB 121 HW: Final paper due
Thursday, March 20 Argumentative Paper is due
Bring reading book to class; finish reading book over spring break
Think about organization of your essay Please note that if
you are absent one of
An example outline structure:
these days, you are
Introduction Engaging Opening still responsible for
Thesis Your purpose in writing the essay (what is your goal) the work that is due
on that day. Please
Body Think about how you will present your evidence
keep up with the
Opposing positions and your response to them
process, and it’ll be
Your evidence: facts, statistics, examples, stories easy.
Conclusion Thesis (worded differently)
Vision of future
Double Entry Notes:
Your life without notecards!
Cite your work here: see Citation guide at http://www.fhs.d211.org/departments/media/.
Step One: Put the Works Cited for each source at the top:
King, Stephen. The Shining. Pocket: New York, 2002.
Step Two: Find citations that you could possibly use in your paper on the left hand
side and state their significance to the topic on the right hand side.
Quotes Significance of quote to topic
“I am a direct quote from a possible source for a I am the thoughts of someone who is researching a
research project. Include direct quotes like me topic related to me and has begun to analyze the
from the source that is cited at the top. I can be information on the left. I could also include
paraphrased at a later time. Some times I need to questions and explain how I may relate to the
know where I came from, so please don’t forget to research question or other information previously
include a page number” (King 54). gathered.
“Direct quote from this source” (King 164). This quote gives a lot of proof for my opinion. I’m
not sure where I’ll use it, but this one is definitely
going in the paper.
“Direct quote from this source” (“Title” 54). –if no Here the author is telling of his/her own personal
author… experience with my topic. It gives a first hand
account that supports my thesis.
I’m not sure how this fits in, but I really like what
“Direct quote from this source” (58). the author is saying here. Maybe this quote will
develop into another support paragraph.
“Direct quote from this source” (165). This is what I’ve been looking for. He/she is saying
the same thing as my thesis. This is definite
introduction or conclusion material.
“Direct quote from this source” (28). The author is kind of contradicting him/herself here,
but this may come in handy to show other opinions on
***This is an example of how a double entry journal may look for any particular source. You must complete one of these
for EACH source you have. You may have more entries for one source than another, and that’s fine, but you must
complete a double entry journal for every one of your sources. At minimum, have 3 citations per source ***
Reminders for your outline:
Use short phrases only (aim for 2-3
Your Name words) except for purpose of your
Teacher /Course / Pd paper
Assignment If you have an “A” or “a,” then you
Due Date must have a “B” or “b”; if you have a
“1,” then you must have a “2.”
Title of Your Paper All outlines must be typed.
Audience: Your outline serves as your notes
Format: while writing your paper.
I. Introduction (write this word here)
A. Attention Getter
B. Linking Statement: how your attention getter link to the purpose of your paper and/or any
background information needed
C. Purpose for your paper
1. Preview Statement: main points you will cover Transitions: Should exist
2. Thesis Statement (write this out) between each major section to
help the flow of your paper,
II. Body (write this word here) but should also exist within
A. First Main Topic (Including transition from introduction) your paragraphs once you
1. Subtopic #1 begin writing.
a. Detail or Support or “Direct Quote” (internal citation 33).
i. further breakdown of sub-points
ii. further breakdown of sub-points OK To Write Out
2. Subtopic #2 Direct Quotes
a. Detail or Support or “Direct Quote” (internal citation 45). Statistics
b.Explanation Key Dates
Title or Full Name
B. Second Main Topic (Including transition from First Main Topic)
1. Subtopic #1
a. Detail or Support or “Direct Quote” (internal citation 67).
2. Subtopic #2
Author’s last name or a
a. Detail or Support or “Direct Quote” (Jones 8).
couple key words from
the title followed by
page number if
C. Third Main Topic (Including transition from Second Main Topic)
1. Subtopic #1
a. Detail or Support or “Direct Quote” (War). Necessary for any
b. Explanation information gained from
an outside source.
2. Subtopic #2 Should match your
a. Detail or Support or “Direct Quote” (“Article title” 33). works cited
D. Optional Fourth Main Topic…
III. Conclusion (write this word here)
A. Review your purpose (Including transition from Body)
B. Reference back to Introduction
C. Final/Clincher Statement