Persuasive Writing: Prewriting and Outlining

Identify a debate from within your discipline. In Assessment 6, you will write a paper in which you state and explain your position on that debate. You may choose from the following disciplines: nursing, public health, business, information technology, or psychology. You will then take your own stance within this debate and support your argument with two scholarly, peer-reviewed resources from the Capella library.

It is imperative that you identify a true two-sided topic, a topic over which educated professionals in the field reasonably disagree.


This assessment requires composing a formal, academic OUTLINE ONLY to prepare for writing a persuasive/argument essay in Assessment 6.
Use the academic OUTLINE templates to ensure you earn an excellent grade with correct formatting
The below resources include handouts explaining how to create an OUTLINE for an argument essay
Search the Capella Library for your peer-reviewed, scholarly journal articles
Your OUTLINE should include the following elements:
A strong thesis statement calling out the opposition and taking a firm stance in third-person voice
The below resources include a PowerPoint presentation, templates, and examples to help you formulate an argumentative thesis statement
Main points labeled as Introduction, Body Paragraph 1, 2, 3, etc., Rebuttal/Counterargument, and Conclusion
Each main point requires multiple sub-points under it providing evidence and information
More than one or two quotes/paraphrases with APA formatted in-text citations.
A topic sentence for each Body Paragraph
Do not forget your Title Page and Reference Page
Additional Guidance

Each Body Paragraph addresses one main topic
When searching the Library for your source(s) make sure to click on Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Journal articles.
Use the Library search handout below to help you locate relevant and appropriate source articles.
You may need more than two source articles as you need at least one presenting an opposing view
Use third-person voice

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