Use the Purpose, Audience, Subject, Type writing method (P.A.S.T.)
Purpose: Why am I writing? What is my goal? Look for key words about your purpose.
argue: present facts and reasons that support your opinion or position
compare: tell how two things are alike
contrast: tell how two things are different
define: tell what something means, what it is, or what it does
describe: tell how something looks, sounds, smells, tastes, and/or feels
explain: tell how something works, how it happens, or how to do it
list: give a number of facts, ideas, reasons, or other details about the topic
persuade: give reasons that would convince someone to agree with your position
predict: tell what you think will happen in the future
Make an argument about "Is there life after death?" Provide secondary sources/evidences that support your argument.
Audience: Who will read the writing? Some prompts will identify a specific audience: Practice telling the story to an older family member to hear if a prompt does not identify the audience. If your teacher is the audience, it is safe to say that you will write in a more formal tone than an informal one used with your fellow students.
Subject: What is the subject of my writing? Knowing the subject helps you focus on your topic.
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Type: What type of writing should I do? Most prompts will tell you what form of writing to create (for example, a persuasive paragraph or a comparison-contrast essay) An Argument Format Follows
B. Background Information:
C: Thesis Statement:
HOOK - Beam me up, Scotty!
Hey, do you believe
in the afterlife?
I’ve been doing a little
research and here
is what I found.
BACKGROUND INFO - Give statistics
on the number of
people who believe
and don’t believe
THESIS STATEMENT - I am convinced that
there is life after death
and I want to talk about
the Transfiguration account
in Mark’s Gospel 9:2-13
and Interview (Near-Death Experience: A Child Visits Heaven - YouTube)
PROOF - Give greater
detail about the
mentioned in section
REFUTATION - Here is a chance to
survey other students
on the topic. Use the hook
question and ask why
they believe or don’t.
Make a list or record it.
CONCLUSION - Maybe a mention of
starting a blog or group
that listens and gathers
evidence on this topic.