- Format: 3 1/2 to 4 pages, MLA.
- Works Cited Page: MINIMUM of four (4) credible references.
- Claims: MINIMUM of TWO (2) that support your thesis. These are the reasons for your specific position on the issue. Be sure to support these with logos.
- Counterclaim: this is a reasoning that supports the other position of the issue. Be sure to support this with logos.
- Rebuttal: This crushes the counterclaim with logos, like quotes, statistics, etc. just as you would with your claims.
- Be sure to maintain a balance of the persuasive appeals: logos, pathos, and ethos.
Key elements to include in your argument:
Hook: A bold statement on the topic that grabâ€™s your readerâ€™s attention.
Background: Information about the topic that connects to the thesis.
Thesis: Your position on the issue.
Claim: The reasoning for your position on the issue.
Ethos: How you establish your credibility on the issue. Why should your opinion matter?
Pathos: Appeal to your audience’s emotion. Don’t overdo it.
Logos: Use of logical reason. This is hard evidence (facts, statistics, etc.) that supports your claims.
Counterclaim & Rebuttal: Present opposing views to your claim, then crush them by showing their flaws.
Conclusion: Bold statements that reaffirm your position and leave a lasting impression on your audience.