Structure

Position Paper Introduction

In the introduction the writer:

It is important to start the position paper with a catchy opening in order to capture the reader's attention. You could think, for example, of a rhetorical question, a startling statistic, a topical issue, or a controversial statement.

Examples:

- Did you know that seventy-five percent of the American population is chronically dehydrated?
- In an average lifetime, one spends six months waiting for red lights to turn green.

After this, the writer should give some background information on the topic, moving from general to specific information, eventually leading to the formulation of the thesis statement. The introduction could be depicted as a triangle pointing downwards.

 

catchy opening

background information

thesis statement

Position Paper Body


The body of the position paper consists of a number of arguments that support the thesis statement. Each argument is presented in a separate paragraph. The writer of the paper can either appeal to the reader's feelings or to the reader's intellect. It hardly needs saying that the latter is to be preferred in an academic position paper. Therefore, the best arguments are those based on facts and sources, which obviously need to be mentioned in the paragraph. The strength of the argument depends on the solidity of the writer's evidence. A graphic representation of the position paper body consists of separate rectangles representing the different paragraphs.

Argument 1


Argument 2


Argument 3


Counter-argument

Position Paper Conclusion

The main aim of the conclusion is to remind the reader of the main points. Briefly mention the arguments that you listed in your body, but, most importantly, stress the validity of your thesis statement. Leave the reader with a final provocative thought: a question, a vivid image, a call for some sort of action, a warning, a wider context.

Do not:

apologise for your opinion (or for existing)

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