OUTLINE FOR THIS RESEARCH PAPER Heroin, Marijuana, and MDMA (Ecstasy) are all Schedule I drugs. Compare and contrast these drugs. After detailing the similarities and differences of these three drugs, choose one and argue why this drug should be changed to a Schedule II drug. HOW CAN I DO AN OUTLINE FOR THIS SUBJECT ABOVE... I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START. HELP

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The Roman Numeral first point of your Outline will be your Thesis Statement. This is true whether you follow a key word/phrase style or a sentence style outline form. Your Roman Numeral Topic points will be the large topics you wish to cover, whether you design it with the drugs as the Topics and the categorical points as the Sub-Topics or the other way round. The information under your sub-topics will be the evidence for your background and statistical information etc and the arguments you will make and prove. Your final Roman Numeral will be your Conclusion; some people write this out in full regardless of the form used, but it is not necessary: it is only necessary to write your Thesis Statement out in full.

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I agree with post 7 that your main focus would appear to be the argument over reclassification of a specific drug.  You might want to combine some of the other paragraphs.  For example, you might consider discussing the contents of the various drugs in one paragraph rather than three.  You might consider discussing the differences between the drugs in one paragraph as well.  You could also discuss the contents of the drug you will be arguing for reclassification and then two more paragraphs comparing and contrasting this drug to the other two.  This would cut down on the amount of time you spend discussing the other drugs and allow your paper to focus more on the one drug rather than all three.  Of course, this is assuming that your paper is on the shorter side.  If this is a 20 page term paper, then you will need to flesh out the other drugs a little more.  I do think that it will be important to the flow of your paper to focus on one drug rather than try to comprehensively cover all three at once.

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#s 2 and 6 contain excellent examples of an outline that you might use, but I want to add that you must be careful to cite all your examples from relevant literature and then source everything carefully in a Bibliography. Without this, the teacher has no way of knowing if you actually researched the topic or if you just made things up. Check the OWL at Purdue for information on how to cite and source information.

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I would want to suggest that the biggest topic you would need to focus on is your arguments for why the drug should be changed in terms of its classification. You would need to do a sophisticated compare and contrast, not just in terms of medical effects but also in terms of the different countries where drugs have been reclassified or are legal and the various societal impact of these changes. This would mean that I would expect to see more time and space devoted to this second half of your project than the first half. You would need to bear that in mind when you think of your layout.

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The other way to outline a compare /contrast paper is by block. (Post #2 shows a point-by-point outline.) A block outline simply states everything about each drug in its own paragraph. Similarities and differences are defined by each paragraph. The outline would look like this:

I. Introduction (stating of essay's purpose)

II. Heroin

A. Contents (Make-up)

B. Effects

C. Current Classification

III. Marijuna

A. Contents (Make-up)

B. Effects

C. Current Classification

IV.  MDMA

A. Contents (Make-up)

B. Effects

C. Current Classification

V. Argument/Opposition

VI. Conclusion

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One idea is to work on gathering research for the outline missy575 provided for you before you try to decide which drug to argue should be changed to a Schedule II drug.  You may find that one naturally stands out from the others and will be easier for you to write about.  However, of those drugs, marijuana may be the best candidate for Schedule II based on the addictive qualities of MDMA and heroin. 

Also, you may want to add to your outline the methods of using each of the drugs. 

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You might arrange an outline like this:

I. Contents of drugs

    A. Heroin

    B. Marijuana

    C. MDMA

    D. Compare contents in strength, nutritional value

II. Effects of drugs

    A. Heroin

    B. Marijuana

    C. MDMA

    D. Compare biological effects of these drugs; human actions while using these drugs.

III. Present your argument for changing one to Schedule II.

Much of what you put into an outline is dependent on your instructor's directions for length and research requirements. This is an outline in which I would expect the Roman numerals can represent paragraphs and the capital letters are chunks of sentences within the paragraphs. However, if you have a longer research requirement, the Roman numerals could be sections of your paper and the capital letters could be paragraphs.

 

   

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