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Subject: Name:_____ ______________

Date:____________________
Period:____________________
Overall Assertion (Claim) 1._______________________________________
_________________________________________

Supporting Assertions a._______________________________________


b._______________________________________
c._______________________________________
d._______________________________________
e._______________________________________

What’s being implied or assumed by 1._______________________________________


each assertion? a._______________________________________
b._______________________________________
c._______________________________________
d._______________________________________
e._______________________________________

Are any of these assertions, implications, 1._______________________________________


or assumptions unreasonable? If so, a._______________________________________
specify for each. b._______________________________________
c._______________________________________
d._______________________________________
e._______________________________________
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Based on the reasonability of the Your thesis statement that defends the author:
assertions and their implications, can I _________________________________________
agree with the author’s argument? _________________________________________
OR
Are there obvious exceptions that come Reword the author’s Overall Assertion in qualified
to mind which suggest that the author’s terms:
claim is either: _________________________________________
a. Too broad and needs to be narrowed? _________________________________________
b. Or that only part of it is true and it (this functions as your thesis statement)
should be slightly altered?
OR
Do you find the author’s assertions and Your own unique perspective on the subject, one
their implications or assumptions that directly challenges the author’s Overall
entirely unreasonable? Assertion:_______________________________
___________________________________________
___________________________________________
(this functions as your thesis statement)
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If defending (or qualifying), what 1.______________________________________


examples will you use from your own 1a.____________________________________
knowledge to support the author? (state the assertion or implication each example linked to)
2.________________________________________
2a.______________________________________
3.________________________________________
3a.______________________________________
4.________________________________________
4a.______________________________________
5.________________________________________
5a.______________________________________
6.________________________________________
6a.______________________________________

If challenging, what examples will you 1.________________________________________


use from your own knowledge? 1a.______________________________________
(state the assertion or implication each example is linked to)
2.________________________________________
2a.______________________________________
3.________________________________________
3a.______________________________________
4.________________________________________
4a.______________________________________
5._________________________________________
5a._______________________________________
6._________________________________________
6a._______________________________________
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1._________________________________________
If defending or challenging, what are
1a._______________________________________
some potential counterarguments you
________________________________(refutation)
should address?
2._________________________________________
2a.______________________________________
_______________________________ (refutation)

If qualifying, what are the important 1._________________________________________


exceptions to the author’s claim? Or, what 2._________________________________________
examples will you use to show that only part 3._________________________________________
of the claim is wrong? 4._________________________________________
(This can function as a turning point in your essay that 5._________________________________________
takes the place of the counterargument)
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Ideas for establishing my credibility __________________________________________
(ethos)in the introduction __________________________________________

Relevant background material for why __________________________________________


this is an important issue that needs __________________________________________
discussing ___________________________________________

Ideas for conclusion (What’s been __________________________________________


accomplished and what’s still left to be __________________________________________
done? Call for action? Hope for the __________________________________________
future?)