how small of a threat terrorism is to the US compared to other attacks committed by white supremacists or Americans in general. *
English 101 Essay
ESSAY STRUCTURE (MLA FORMAT):
4 pages double spaced
(use 3 sources)
My THESIS: Terrorism should not be used as an excuse to increase security in the nation because this denies law abiding citizens their rights and comforts based on the actions of a criminal few.
*talk about how small of a threat terrorism is to the US compared to other attacks committed by white supremacists or Americans in general. *
Introduction (Here, you should introduce the topic in a broad sense, possibly make use of anecdotal or narrative evidence, establish that there is a problem1 which needs to be addressed, and, finally, present your thesis statement. Please, I beg you, don’t use filler language like “In this paper I will discuss,” and don’t count on phrases like “In this day and age” to establish a context for the issue. Instead of saying “In this day and age,” let us now exactly what it is about the current situation that’s relevant.)
Reason (Here, you provide specific evidence for your thesis’s reason, which, in this example, is “access to affordable healthcare is a basic human right.” In order to make a convincing argument in this example, you’d have to establish what “a basic human right” is and how “access to affordable healthcare” meets those criteria.)
Underlying Assumption (The underlying assumption, “We must provide all citizens with access to all basic human rights,” must be backed with concrete evidence. For this particular example, you might want to discuss the sort of things that happen in societies in which basic human rights are not guaranteed. Remember, this is where you establish that common ground, so use examples that will resonate with your audience.)
MY UNDERLYING ASSUMPTION: We shouldn’t do anything that denies people their freedom and comfort.
Assertion (Here, you’ll discuss exactly how your policy is to be carried out, and what the concrete benefits of following this policy are.)
Counter argument: In one paragraph argue an opposing view.
MY COUNTER ARGUMENT: Security and surveillance are necessary to keep us safe. Terrorism is a major threat to our security.
Rebuttal: state why you are against counter argument
Conclusion (This is an important and difficult section. Here, the goal is to heighten the tone of your argument, to emphasize the main points and, quite possibly, to make some emotional appeals that’ll really get your audience fired up. Under no circumstances should you ever begin a conclusion with the words, “in conclusion.”)
Don’t think of the above sections as paragraphs necessarily; they’re sections. You might use four paragraphs to provide evidence for the reason, and one for the underlying assumption. It depends on your specific thesis statement..