HOW TO BUILD A POSITION I. EXPLORE • Read widely about the topic • You may be surprised about how varied these positions are • Just because you disagree with a position does not mean that you should ridicule, ignore, or demonize that position II. BRAINSTORM • Brainstorm with a friend about the ideas you have found • “Two heads are better than one” III. CREATE ASSERTIONS • Assertions are opinions that people may or may not agree with • Write down several assertions • Your assertions should be in line with your theme, main idea, or your thesis statement which should be the controlling idea of your position paper Example: “Uniforms should be required in the school because it benefits the greater good in forwarding a common sense of purpose, unity, and equality among students.” Assertions/Arguments: a. uniform promote the ideals of equality b. uniform lessen distractions between the opposite sex c. uniforms make people feel that they are part of a larger institution than themselves IV. GATHER THE EVIDENCE •
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