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Position Paper Instructions
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AP Language and Comp
- The following is a brief explanation of what I expect in your position papers.
- The first paragraph should be an introduction. Introduce the topic, provide a bit of background on the topic and assert your thesis. Your thesis is the most important part as this is your view on the topic and what you will be focusing the rest of your paper on.
- Paragraph two should be your counter arguments. Summarize the opposing viewpoint, and then refute them. For the purpose of this paper, select ONE opposing viewpoint or claim, and refute it with evidence (quotes, statistics, etc).
- The next one to three paragraphs should contain your arguments for your thesis. Assert each of your point, giving your opinion and providing support for your opinion. Please limit yourself, for the sake of this assignment, to three main points.
- The final paragraph should be your conclusion where you restate your thesis and provide a plan of action—what anyone involved in this situation should do.
- This paper may involve research beyond the article given in class, but feel free to use any information from it that you feel is pertinent to your case.
- Length: 1-2 pages
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The document is a piece of writing I assigned bi-weekly to my AP Language and Composition students to help them practice their persuasive writing skills. I would bring in an article (or, if I could approve it before hand, have a student pick an article) about a controversial topic. Sometimes there would be supplementary material, like statistics on the board or another article. We would read the article in class and have a class discussion/debate. The homework assignment was to compose an essay, arguing one side of the issue.