Working Thesis Statement, Outline, & Starting Draft Due Week 5 and worth 80 points Instructions: Every powerful essay starts with an idea that grows and improves over time. You are well on your way to discovering the power of your own writing! You’ve already completed your Prewriting & Research Packet and received helpful feedback from your instructor. Now you will use that feedback to write your thesis statement and outline. You’ll start drafting your persuasive essay in a new Word document. Writing Activity 2 has four sections to complete: 1.) Working Thesis Statement 2.) Outline 3.) Starting Draft and 4.) Feedback Reflection. It may seem like a lot, but just take them one at a time. When you finish all four, you will have declared your position and drafted the main body of your essay
Section 1 Working Thesis Statement This is a brief, one or two sentence statement summarizing the main idea of your essay. Use your Supporting Points Graphic Organizer from Week 3 to develop your working thesis statement.
Create an outline based on your Prewriting & Research Packet and your Working
Thesis Statement. This outline is the roadmap for your final essay. It can be in topic,
sentence, or paragraph format. Use brackets [ ] to indicate sections that you need to
research, develop, or restructure.
Ideas for hooking your audience
Working thesis statement
Relevant background information
II. Supporting Points
Include 3-5 supporting points in your essay to flesh out your argument.
Apply the three audience appeals.
Logic: What is your reasoning and why?
Credibility: What evidence are you using?
How are you building credibility?
Emotion: What emotional appeals are you making and how? (e.g., personal stories, quotes, etc.) Consider including a counter perspective. Anticipating arguments against your thesis will strengthen your position.
Summarize your argument.
Rephrase your thesis statement.
Include the benefits of taking action and the consequences of
Call to action: What do you want your audience to do?