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RACIAL PROFILING PERSUASIVE ESSAY

In this persuasive essay, you will be answering the question, are you for or against racial profiling?

Write an essay that presents your opinion on racial profiling. Begin with a debatable thesis statement. Then follow the guidelines for writing an argument essay. As you write your essay, be sure you support your opinions with reasons.

ESSAY OUTLINE

INTRODUCTION (5-7 sentences)
1. Hook (1-2 sentences)
2. Background information (3-4 sentences)
3. Thesis Statement (1-2 sentences)

BODY PARAGRAPH 1 (REASON 1)
1. Topic Sentence (1 sentence)
2. One piece of evidence with citation
3. Commentary sentences (2-3 sentences)
4. Second piece of evidence with citation
5. Commentary sentences (2-3 sentences)
6. Transition/ Closing Sentence (1 sentence)

BODY PARAGRAPH 2 (REASON 2)
1. Topic Sentence (1 sentence)
2. One piece of evidence with citation
3. Commentary sentences (2-3 sentences)
4. Second piece of evidence with citation
5. Commentary sentences (2-3 sentences)
6. Transition/ Closing Sentence (1 sentence)

BODY PARAGRAPH 3 (COUNTERARGUMENT AND REFUTATION)
1. Topic Sentence (1 sentence)
2. Opposing side’s argument evidence with citation
3. Refutation argument 1 (2-3 sentences)
4. Refutation 2 (2-3 sentences)
5. Transition/ Closing Sentence (1 sentence)

CONCLUSION (5-7 sentences)
1. Restate your thesis statement
2. Sum up your two arguments
3. Ask “so what?” questions (2-3 sentences)

BRAINSTORM ARGUMENTS

Arguments for racial profiling
Arguments against racial profiling

*In persuasion, we use the term arguments to mean reasons.

Which arguments do you find most persuasive? Which side will you argue in your essay? I will argue that __________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________.

My 2 arguments will be (choose 2 from the table above):

1.

2.

The best argument for the opposing side is ___________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________.

Thesis Statement (main idea of my essay): __________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. FINDING EVIDENCE

Now that you have your thesis statement and your arguments laid out, you need to find evidence to support those arguments.

EVIDENCE CAN INCLUDE:
Facts from your sources (newspaper articles, USDA website)
Statistics
Quotes from experts like spokespeople for companies, university professors, scientists who study nutrition, and experts on psychology or advertising Personal experiences or observations

Go through your articles in the racial profiling packet and put an arrow next to any evidence you may plan to use for your two main arguments and your argument for the opposing side. Write the number of the body paragraph (1,2,3) next the evidence you plan to use in your essay.

TWO SAMPLE MLA IN-TEXT CITATIONS

1. Introduce the source and author

In “If You Pitch It, They Will Eat” Davis Barboza argues, “Television, of course, remains the most powerful medium for selling to children” (39).

2. Put whole citation after the quote (author and page number)

The article says, “Television, of course, remains the most powerful medium for selling to children” (Barboza 39).

Never ever write (pg. 39)!!!!!

MLA NEWSPAPER CITATION

A works cited page always puts the sources in alphabetical order by the author’s last name and is double-spaced.

FORMAT
Author’s last...
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