Scholastic.com Writing Workshop: Persuasive Writing

 Worksheet 4: Planning Sheet 


Student name: _____________________________   Date: _________________


Use this space to plan the structure of your paper.

Opening
Introduce your readers to the topic and give a little background information. State your position on the issue within the last sentence of the paragraph.

Body
The body of your essay should contain at least three paragraphs. Each paragraph must state a different viewpoint on your topic, examine the opposition to that viewpoint and provide a defense of that viewpoint.

Paragraph 1 — Viewpoint 1
Opposing viewpoint:

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Your viewpoint:

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Discussion and defense of your viewpoint:

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Paragraph 2 — Viewpoint 2
Opposing viewpoint:

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Your viewpoint:

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Discussion and defense of your viewpoint:

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Paragraph 3 — Viewpoint 3
Opposing viewpoint:

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Your viewpoint:

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Discussion and defense of your viewpoint:

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Closing/Conclusion
Summarize the arguments and then close with a powerful statement relating to your originally stated issue.

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