II. Body A. Explain why enhanced interrogation techniques are controversial and why the Senate Intelligence Committee felt it needed to get involved. B. Explain the potential effects that enhanced interrogation techniques would have for our country. Are they helpful or harmful to the United States and its reputation in the world? C. Compare the enhanced interrogation techniques to other activities that have helped or hurt the United States’ reputation in the world, such as the war in Iraq. Based on that comparison, explain how the techniques could also help or hurt the reputation of the United States. D. Explain different points of view: some might defend the techniques, while others will want to stop them. E. Explain how we should think differently about the role the CIA plays in national security, and why. III. Conclusion A. Explain the potential advantages of thinking differently about the CIA, and how doing so could have beneficial results. Explain also how doing nothing could make the problem worse.
Organization of Commentary Essay Introduction The first paragraph in the organization of the commentary essay must give an overall introduction to the topic trend and state the purpose of the paper through the use of the thesis statement. This paragraph is vital as it gives valuable background information and proves that the subject discussed is indeed a trend. Begin by stating the topic, and then follow it with a brief history of the trend by answering the following questions: • Where did the trend originate? • What is the origin of the trend? • Out of what need was the trend created? • When was the trend formulated? What year did it come into being? • Where is the trend happening? For example: U.S. college campuses? Among preschool- age children? Body of the Essay The second paragraph should identify and describe the trend. Writers need to familiarize the reader with the trend topic. Writers must answer the following questions: • What exactly is the trend? • Who does the trend effect? • What do people think of the trend discussed? • What contribution, if any, is the trend making? The third paragraph should discuss the importance of the trend. In this paragraph, writers must address the following questions: • Why is this trend important? • Why should the reader care? In order to determine importance, writers should discuss why some people believe the trend to be useful or beneficial. If the writer believes that the trend is negative, he or she needs to research why people are gravitating towards the trend. For example, consider the trend of electronic cigarettes: If the writer believes the trend to be negative and, thereby, lacks importance, then the writer needs to research why people are smoking electronic cigarettes instead of traditional tobacco ones. If the trend lacked significance in the smoking population, people would not partake in the use of electronic cigarettes and it would not be a trend. There is a reason why the topic is trend.
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