What is next? Write the first confirmation paragraphs for your researched argument paper. This is a graded checkpoint for my feedback to help correct any mistakes before they appear in your researched argument paper.
What are the confirmation paragraphs? These two paragraphs are the heart of your paper because they support your position on your controversial topic. They introduce, explain, and support your two specific points from your thesis statement. (I have corrected your thesis, so be SURE to use the corrected version. It will impact your grade.)
How do I write the confirmation paragraphs? Follow each step below–carefully, with college-level skill. Also, use the sample researched argument paper as a guide.
STEP 1: Using the perfectly formatted MLA document that contains your introduction paragraph with your thesis, add your FIRST confirmation paragraph.
STEP 2: Identify the two points in your thesis so that you can write a focused topic sentence.
EXAMPLE THESIS with the first point in bold: Although some people believe that pipelines pose too many risks to the health and safety of the environment, pipelines are the most efficient and economical ways to move resource because they boost the U.S. economy and they reduce dependence on oil from the Middle East.
STEP 2: From your first point, write a topic sentence for your paragraph. Make sure to identify your first point in the topic sentence of your paragraph.
Pipelines are an economic boost for the United States. (Now all of the sentences that follow will prove that the use of pipelines in America is vital to boosting and maintaining a strong U.S. economy.)
STEP 3: After your topic sentence, write a 150-200 word paragraph that explains why the topic sentence is true–and provide supporting evidence with your research material. You should have at least three pieces of cited and documented evidence. You can do this by summary, paraphrase, or quotes. Make sure you use in-text citations for your borrowed material. See your Harbrace textbook, Chapter 13.
STEP 4: Check your work with the questions below.
Did you refer back to the topic sentence at strategic points in the paragraph? Just repeating a key word or phrase once or twice in a paragraph can focus the reader’s attention and add force to the entire point. However, avoid any repetition that doesn’t serve a specific purpose.
Did you begin a body paragraph with a quote? Revise it–Your topic sentence is not a quote.
Did you use sound logic to fully explain and prove your point? No fallacies.
Finally, did you make sure to tie all of this information together by showing how it relates to your overall position statement? (Look at the position section of your thesis.)

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