You will have three body paragraphs.
The third body paragraph should be your refutation.
Imagine who in your audience might be disagreeing, shaking their heads, and write your refutation to them, even identifying them if that’s possible. Either way, you must include a refutation. Make your two topic sentences the REASONS for your thesis.
Your audience is general, could be anyone, but is informal. If you like, you can identify a more specific audience you would like to address (for example, your classmates, a nephew, a younger version of yourself).
Please develop at least two examples per body paragraph. YOU are the source for evidence in this essay! No need for outside research or a works cited list.
Classical Argument Topic
“Why should I spend less time with my cell phone?”
- Introduction: Use lively concrete images, some narrative detail, a bit of wisdom, something to get your audience’s interest and get them ready for your thesis statement. Your thesis statement comes at the end of this paragraph and is the one-sentence answer to the prompt question.
- Topic Sentence #1 is the first reason for your thesis statement. Develop this paragraph with at least two examples. Continue using concrete detail to keep your audience awake and focused. Explain each example, tying it back to thesis and topic sentence.
- Topic Sentence #2 is the second reason for your thesis. Develop this paragraph with at least two examples. Continue using concrete detail to keep your audience awake and focused. Explain each example, tying it back to thesis and topic sentence.
- Topic Sentence #3 is a strong/common reason (or maybe two reasons) your audience may have in mind AGAINST your thesis. Use examples and reasoning to show that your thesis is stronger than this argument.
- Conclusion: Be creative and make it meaningful. Leave your audience with some parting insights.
One and half page for this total project.