Ethics

Paragraph 1: Grab the reader’s attention, give an overview of the article and/or issue, and close with a thesis statement that reveals your position. Paragraph 2 (or more): Each body paragraph should focus on one piece of evidence with the supporting detail (facts, statistics, quotes from experts, examples, etc). You may choose to use analogies, draw comparisons, or describe a hypothetical situation. Give terms and background information if necessary. Paragraph 3: Describe and refute the key points of the opposing view. Again, you may choose to use analogies, draw comparisons, or describe a hypothetical situation. Give terms and background information if necessary. Paragraph 4: Restate and reinforce the thesis and supporting evidence. Encourage the reader to adopt the position or take action. The closing statement might be a dramatic plea, a prediction that implies urgent action to be taken, a question that incites readers to seriously think about the issue, or other recommendations with specific action ideas.