he Skeleton Paper The first step in writing your Documented Persuasive Essay is to decide on an argument. The second step in writing your Documented Persuasive Essay is to write a Skeleton Paper . Thi

he

Skeleton

Paper

The

first

step in writing your Documented Persuasive Essay is to decide on an argument. The

second

step

in writing your Documented Persuasive Essay is to write a

Skeleton Paper

. This is the

FIRST

PARAGRAPH

of the paper with a thesis statement AS THE LAST SENTENCE

and

a

LIST

(similar to an

outline) of what will appear in the paper.

After your first paragraph

, you need to have a list of what the rest of the paper will be about. For

example, the following list follows a paragraph on why a book should be banned:

Brief history of book banning in the United States

Brief history of book banning worldwide

Books that have been banned in the last 10 years and reasons for this

Detailed explanation of why

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

should be banned

-sacreligious (defined)

-references to the occult

-references to pagan philosophy and belief

-child abuse/manipulation of children by educators (harmful effects on child readers)

-unrealistic solutions for realistic problems

Relation of reasons for

Harry Potter

banning to other contemporary book bans

Conclusion

You may also want to consider what research you need. Here’s a list of specific research needed to write

a paper arguing to ban

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Lists of banned children’s books in both the U.S. and worldwide

Articles about recent book bannings

Legislation concerning book banning

Information on paganism

Information on occult ideas

Recent news featuring child abuse by educators

IF you have a map of your paper that is this clear, you’ll find it’s easy to fill in the parts. On the

other hand, don’t resist change; you may discover, as you put this together, that you want to add

or subtract from your plans OR you may find a whole new direction that seems more important

than what you’re thinking right now.

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