I’m assuming you are writing an argumentative/persuasive essay, I’d like to share 3 steps I’ve given my composition writing class that can potentially help your brainstorm writing process in the future as well. The steps for writing a coherent + specific essay are:
#1 CHOOSING A WRITING topic + modifying the prompt, (THIS STEP IS THE DIRECT ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION)
#2 IDENTIFYING A CLEAR POSITION + REASON and
#3 DRAFTING THE final THESIS statement (although you didn’t ask for this, consider it a bonus tip!).
THE ORIGINAL Prompt Question
“Can Boys wear skirts to school?”
STEP #1 Choose your Focus Topic & CREATE A MODIFIED PROMPT QUESTION
Focus Topic + Modified Prompt Question Examples:
Q1. Religious/Cultural Affiliation: “Can boys wear skirts to represent their religious and/or cultural affiliations?”
Q2. -Constitutional Rights: “Do boys have a constitutional right to wear skirts if they choose to do so while at school?”
Q3. -Normalizing Gender Fluidity: “Can boys wearing skirts to school help normalize gender fluidity?
STEP #2 IDENTIFY A CLEAR POSITION + Reason
cLEAR pOSITION + rEASON EXAMPLES:
(Reason for Q1) Yes—-Following mandated Belief systems/practices (religious/cultural)
(Reason for Q2) Yes—> Freedom of expression and privileges (constitutional rights)(Reason for Q3) Yes—> Decrease controversy,discrimination and isolation (normalize gender fluidity)
STEP #3 DRAFT your Final Thesis STATEMENT
(Acknowledge the counterargument’s claim, then refute it it by stating your CLEAR POSITION with a specified REASON):
(Q1 THESIS) Although some school districts strictly enforce dress codes which ban boys from wearing skirts, this policy should be revoked because some cultures or religious affiliations mandate men wear skirts as apart of their belief system.
(Q2 THESIS) Although some school districts strictly enforce dress codes which ban boys from wearing skirts, this policy should be revoked because they are exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression and privileges, which, doesn’t change upon arrival to school grounds.
(Q3 THESIS) Although some school districts strictly enforce dress codes which ban boys from wearing skirts, this policy should be revoked because it could help decrease controversy with gender fluidity, a topic that has resulted in discrimination, harassment and isolation.