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> Introduction
Get the reader’s attention by asking a leading question; relay something enticing about the subject in a manner that commands attention. Start with a related quote, alluring description, or narration.
State the thesis¬—the causes and effects to be discussed; comparison of subject X and subject Y; your position on the issue; your proposal if applicable; and the main points that will develop your argument.

> Body
~First Point, Assertion, Explanation
• Supporting evidence (examples, facts, statistics, quoted authorities, details, reasons, examples) 
• Supporting evidence

~Second explanation
• Support
• Support

~Third explanation
• Support
• Support

~Fourth explanation (continue as above with additional explanations as needed.)
• Support
• Support

Your proposal (if applicable)

Address opposing viewpoints

> Conclusion
Show how explanations (causes) are logical reasons producing the effects discussed; review subject X and subject Y; reiterate your assertion and proposition (if applicable). Reemphasize your thesis in a fresh way, showing how your have achieved your purpose. If you intend to draw to a conclusion about one subject over the other, emphasize that point.
Deal with opposing views unless done above in Section F.
Appeal to the reader to see how you have come to a logical conclusion.
Make a memorable final statement.

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