At the top of a Word document (in the usual MLA format), type your thesis statement. Then, using your list of reasons and evidence from Daily Grade 12, begin constructing the body sections of your outline (we’ll do an introduction and conclusion next week). Represent each body paragraph with a Roman numeral, and put a descriptive name next to the Roman numeral (for instance, if the paragraph is going to provide background information or definitions of terminology, you can say so here).
II. Background Information
III. Supporting Argument 1 (or, Reason 1)
IV. Supporting Argument 2
V. Summary of Exhibit Source (or, Example to Support Argument)
Under each section of the outline, using the format seen in the sample paper from the Unit 3 folder, break down your paragraph into its component parts. You don’t need to write complete sentences here, but you should explain what kinds of information, arguments, and evidence you plan to provide in this paragraph, including places where you might want to insert quotations, paraphrases, or summaries from your sources. You might consider using the Interrogation Method or the SIEL Method (see the Readings folder) to help you construct these sections, but do not feel limited by them. Just make sure you provide sufficient details and support for any argument you make through the use of logic and evidence.
You can have more than one section of outline (more than one body paragraph, in other words) for each of your reasons, evidence, background information, etc. However many paragraphs you need is a judgment call, but for this daily grade, you should have at least four sections of outline representing the body of your paper (again, that is not including the introduction or conclusion, which we will work on next week).
Once you have finished constructing the body sections of your outline, underneath each portion of the outline, write a reflection paragraph explaining the choices you made in constructing the paragraph. Do not just use this paragraph to reiterate what the outline already indicates, nor to make your argument. Your reflection paragraphs should explain the following:
1. What purpose does this paragraph fulfill within the essay? In other words, expand on the title you gave it next to the Roman numeral.
2. Why did you place this paragraph here specifically?
3. Why did you arrange the paragraph as you did?
4. If this paragraph contains strictly information, why do you feel it is necessary to share this information with your audience? If this paragraph supports your argument, what rhetorical appeals are you using (logos, or logic; pathos, or emotion; ethos, or credibility) and why? How does this paragraph support your overall purpose for your essay?
If you use any specific quotes or ideas from a source, be sure to use quotation marks and in-text citations as is appropriate, and include a Works Cited page with all your sources at the end (if you want, you can just copy and paste the contents of Daily Grade 10 to the end of this document). Please seek assistance as needed to ensure that you are quoting and citing correctly.