Pro/Con Outline

hello in this video I’m going to show you how to do the outline for your pro/con paper so to get started I’d like you to go to think fantastic and there on think fantastic for today’s post you will see the pro/con outline and to make this easy what I’m going to ask you to do is just copy and paste the outline here you can scroll down and we’ll copy and paste the whole thing that might take me a while so you can do ctrl C to copy it and then go to a new post on your own blogger and we’ll go ahead and control V paste that in and for the post title call it pro outline and this post is going to provide you with a strong outline so that later on this week when we start actually drafting out our pro con article you will be able to follow this outline and know exactly where you’re headed make sure that your organization is nice and strong so what you’ll notice is that some parts of this outline are highlighted in yellow those are the parts I’d like you to focus on today so I’ll take you through I’ll walk you through the thinking that you need to do for each step and then you can do this on your own the first part I’d like you to think about is your thesis what’s your position on this paper for the example that I’m going to use today I’m going to think about whether we should have year-round school or not I’m gonna pretend that I’m taking the position that we should have year-round school so my position would be we should move to a year around school schedule and then this is a really key word here that I want you to include in your outline thesis and that is because why should we do that so your thesis might sound something like we should have school uniforms because or we should not have school uniforms because and then after that put your reason your main reason maybe you have two reasons we should move to a year-round school schedule because it is best for learners okay so that’s a one sentence summary that tells exactly how I feel on my topic then the next step you want to think about as we go through our essay is the counter-argument what are your opponent’s best arguments going to be I would focus on their main one or two arguments so that you think they will use against you what are there one or two best ones so for example with iran school i would say the best argument against iran school is the fact that we lose out on summer break many families use that summer break time to go places with their families so that would be one huge reason against year-round school another huge reason that we might think about would be lack of air conditioning going to school in july 90 degree classrooms that won’t be great here a miller a lot of the classrooms are air-conditioned some of them aren’t so there you want to put your opponent’s best couple of arguments because you’ll touch on those later then if i scroll down the way that i want you to think about the remainder of this is what are the three strongest arguments that you have and we are going to go in order from strong just stronger to strongest now why is that the case we want our paper to get stronger as we go we don’t want to be losing steam as the reader goes through our thoughts we want to be gaining steam so i want to think about what’s my best argument i’m actually gonna put that third so what is my best argument for a year out school I would say that it that it keeps learners fresh and what I mean by that I would explain in the rest of the paper but it keeps learners fresh another stronger argument my second strongest argument is that it allows chances to catch up those 15 day breaks between semesters would allow learners a chance to catch up then my third strongest argument would be that it allows families more built-in breaks and that might tie in nicely with what I’m saying there in my counter argument we may not have the long summer break but we have a lot of three week breaks throughout the year then after I’ve put my three arguments that’s where I need to go back to my evidence that I’ve collected which we did last week Friday what is my evidence that supports this that would be a key stat fact or quo so for instance maybe I have this line according to the New York Times quote learners in here around schools report higher levels of engagement maybe for this one according to Time magazine students in year on schools were 40% more likely to stay at grade level compared to peers in traditional school calendars my quote there that makes sure that I have evidence for each of my main ideas you do the same thing for your strongest argument so those parts of the outline are the ones that I’d like you to focus on we will use what you’ve done in this outline during the rest of the week to get each part of our paper written but the big thing that you want to focus on right now is making sure you know what you’re gonna say in the order you are going to say it in so again think about what’s your position are you gonna state that think about your opponent’s best arguments and then think about your three main arguments again the strongest one goes at the end second strongest goes in the middle third strongest will actually go at the beginning so that we gain steam that our argument gets more powerful as we go on good luck