Most essays will start with a topic or subject, and after the purpose and audience for the essay have been decided, writers can move on from there.
Organizing an Argument Paper
You can write a thesis both ways and see how your paper takes shape before choosing the one that best fits your paper. Notice, both these argue the same point: dolls need to be recalled – but they state that in two different ways.
Because Bratz Dolls portray an image that is not age appropriate for the young girls who are playing with them, the dolls should be recalled.
Make topic sentences for the ideas you think of for your body paragraphs. Remember the formula (transition + link to thesis argument + example [even if you do not have an XYZ thesis, your example will be the topic of the paragraph as you have lined it up])
Chunks for your body paragraphs: (Choose 2 or 3 different examples that will go along with each of your topics – don’t use the same example for any other paragraph). These chunks will ensure your length in the paper
Next step: Find sources that support your point or describe the topic you have in detail. You can even write your sources down and take notes on what info they can give you to keep your information organized.
Start Writing The Paper. Remember the first draft is NOT always your best work.
Exercise 5: Change of purpose
How could you turn the argument style paper on the Bratz dolls into a differently purposed essay? Currently, the outline has the purpose of persuading an audience not to sell Bratz dolls.