Everything you need to know
to write one!
Choose a controversial topic that
Do some reading on the topic. Here
is a website that might help you:
Write a thesis statement.
You may want to use one of the
thesis statements provided at:
three ideas to support your
the opposing arguments. If
you were arguing with your friends,
how would they try to prove you
Organize your ideas into an outline.
Paragraph 1 – Introduction includes thesis statement
and supporting ideas
Paragraph 2 – Opposing argument and your refutation
Paragraph 3 – Opposing argument and your refutation
Paragraph 4 – Your strongest supporting argument
Paragraph 5 – Conclusion includes restatement of thesis
and supporting ideas. Make a prediction, a
recommendation, or a summary.
Follow your outline and write the
Be sure to edit your writing for
grammar, spelling, and word choice