Persuasive Essay Outline/First Draft Alternate Assignment
Write the outline/first draft of your persuasive essay. Be sure to follow these requirements and recommendations when completing your draft:
• The recommended length requirement for the Final Draft of your persuasive essay is 600—900 words, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of five paragraphs. It is acceptable to write more than this; not developing your ideas enough to meet the length requirement may cause you to lose points.
• Before you begin writing, read over the feedback you received on your 2.06 Planning assignment to help guide you. You must have an approved 2.06 Planning assignment before completing this 2.08 Outline First Draft.
• Please complete the sentence outline below for the First Draft of your essay. Remember, this is a sentence outline, meaning you must write in complete sentences throughout this outline. Be sure to proofread!
• To help your teacher know who the assignment came from, save the file as:
LAC102_2.08_Outline First Draft_FirstInitial_LastName.doc Example: LAC102_2.08_Outline First Draft_M_Smith.doc
Introductory Paragraph Score: __/25 pts.
Hook /First Sentence (a question, illustration, story, or anecdote to draw your reader’s attention): If you had a medical condition, and you didn’t like taking medication, what would you do? Thesis Statement /Last Sentence (a statement that will be the driving opinion throughout your essay. Your thesis should explain what you are trying to convince your readers to do or believe): Marijuana, Cannabis Sativa, has long been used for both medicinal and ritual purposes by many cultures and civilizations. Its modern use is a controversial issue with both sturdy supporters and ardent opponents. Here is an example of a good thesis statement: Technology is destroying face-to-face communication.
Subject (Technology) + action verb (is destroying)+ Feeling/opinion ( is destroying face-to-face communication)
Body Paragraph #1 Score: __/25 pts.
Topic Sentence/Reason #1 Why your thesis is valid (in your own words and NOT words from a source): Marijuana should be legalized because research has shown that it has beneficial medical uses. Support Sentence (statement to support your reason in your own words and NOT words from a source):. Marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes with minimal side effects. Detail/Research/Evidence to back up your statement: Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_cannabis Detail/Research/Evidence to back up your statement: Source: http://norml.org/marijuana/medical
Sentence of Explanation of the Detail/Research/Evidence (statement to support your reason in your own words and NOT words from a source): Marijuana has been shown to alleviate symptoms of a huge variety of serious medical conditions including cancer, AIDS, and glaucoma, and is often an effective alternative to synthetic painkillers. Concluding Sentence/Transition: For many seriously ill people, medical marijuana is the only medicine that relieves their pain and suffering, or treats symptoms of their medical condition, without debilitating side effects.
Body Paragraph #2 Score: __/25 pts.
Topic Sentence/Reason #2 Why your thesis is valid (in your own words and NOT words from a source): If Marijuana were to be legalized, the government could tax it and make a lot more money, also making more job opportunities for people seeking employment. Support Sentence (statement to support your reason in your own words and NOT words from a source): If marijuana were to be legalized, they could open businesses or “Medical...