Essay 1 Thesis/Outline Instructions and Checklist
In preparation for Essay 1 and by completing your textbook readings, you will be equipped to respond by objectively compiling information from a variety of sources to compose an essay demonstrating that you understand and practice reading, writing, and rhetoric within the context of a biblical worldview; apply methods of sound reasoning; produce well-structured essays; integrate sources accurately and effectively; write with clarity; recognize standard usage in English grammar, word choice (diction), phraseology, and sentence structure; and apply knowledge of sentence structure to basic sentence editing and revision (Syllabus MLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G and Module/Week 2 LOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
In Module/Week 2, you must write a thesis statement and outline for the proposal argument essay that you will write in the next module/week.
Develop an outline for your proposal argument essay that includes a clear thesis statement and a plan of support. Be sure to include all parts identified in “Structuring a Proposal Argument” found on page 561 in your Practical Argument textbook. In addition, include a minimum of 4 quotations, summaries, and/or paraphrases from the readings on pages 569–585 to support your thesis statement and provide opposing arguments. Be sure to document your sources correctly according to your documentation style (current APA, MLA, or Turabian). You may include biblical support in addition to the support from the textbook readings.
Proposal Essay Prompt
Write a proposal argument about what the government should do to relieve the student loan burden. Use the readings on pages 569–585 to support your thesis statement and provide opposing viewpoints. Be sure to integrate a total of at least 4 quotations, summaries and/or paraphrases from the readings. Be sure to document your sources correctly according to your documentation style (APA, MLA, or Turabian). You may include biblical support in addition to the support from the textbook readings.
· Review the problem-solving strategies on page 553.
· Review the template for writing a proposal argument (paragraph on page 586) to help you plan and organize your ideas.
· Review the Outline Suggestions and Proofreading Checklist (below) and the Essay 1 Thesis/Outline Grading Rubric before submitting your thesis/outline in Blackboard.
Read through your outline and check the appropriate boxes on the chart below. If any area of your outline needs revision, make sure you correct it before submitting your assignment. Taking the time to construct a complete and thorough outline will help you save time when you write the actual essay.
Reading & Study Application
1. Thesis statement: Clearly states your proposal argument.
2. Evidence in support of the solution: Presents support for the proposed solution. Integrates a total of at least 4 quotes, summaries, and/or paraphrases from the reading assignments.
3. Opposing argument(s): Presents viewpoints opposing your thesis argument.
4. Refutation of opposing arguments: Addresses objections to the proposal.
5. Conclusion: Reinforces the main point of the proposal; includes a strong concluding statement.
6. Contains pathos (emotional) appeals, ethos (values/belief) appeals, and/or logos (factual) appeals as appropriate.
7. Title reflects issue and proposal information.
8. Uses only third person pronouns (all first and second person pronouns have been removed).
9. If using current APA format, contains properly formatted, title, abstract, and References page.
If using current MLA format, contains a properly formatted Works Cited page.
If using current Turabian format, contains a properly formatted title page and Bibliography page.
11. Font is 12-point Times New Roman.
12. References/Works Cited/ Bibliography page includes all sources cited within the body of the outline.
13. Checked spelling, grammar/mechanics.
When you are satisfied with the quality of your outline, submit it to Blackboard via the submission link in Module/Week 2 for grading. Do not forget to write your degree program and whether you are using current MLA, APA, or Turabian on the title page and in the “Submission Title” field when submitting your paper.