Exploratory Argument Essay Format
1. Discuss the history of the issue
2. State your thesis
3. Introduce the 4 perspectives
II. Discuss Rhetorical Information/ Exigence
1. Why is there a debate about your topic?
2. What is at stake?
3. What things are happening to create the 4 positions?
4. What kind of constraints do your 4 positions operate under?
III. Explain the 4 positions
1. Summarize the four positions. (About a paragraph or so each,
2. Use your sources as evidence. (Example: ______’s article clearly
represents the _______ position because it says ______.)
IV. Personal Investment
1. Why do you care?
1. Summarize main points
2. Restate your thesis
3. Make your personal claim (Your beliefs)
Stay non-partisan until the conclusion where you make your personal claim. This
is called the delayed thesis argument and it shows your readers that you
carefully researched before deciding your personal perspective.