the two-example essay
Paragraph 1: Introduction
· Explain, in your own words, what the issue is. Include a thesis statement, which is a clear statement of your point of view.
Paragraph 2: Point one in support of your thesis
· Explain the point you are making with the aid of a specific example.
Paragraph 3: Point two in support of your thesis
· Explain the point you are making with the aid of a specific example
Paragraph 4: Qualification
· Explain that, under certain circumstances, the opposite point of view might be correct. (This is to show that you are aware of all aspects of the issue, even though you are 80-90% convinced of your thesis.) [Sometimes this paragraph is replaced by another point and/or further discussion or reasoning.]
Paragraph 5: Reinforcement of thesis
· Show how your viewpoint, despite the qualification you have just made, is more persuasive under the present circumstances.