Drug abuse negatively impacts academic performance
Assignment 3: LASA 1: Full Sentence Outline:
A full sentence outline will build on the information you presented in your research proposal. Following the format described in the “Outline Format and Example” lecture in this module, you will write an introduction paragraph for your essay, outline topic sentences for each supporting point, list sub-points to be included in each paragraph, detail and address counter-arguments to your thesis, and write a conclusion paragraph for your paper. In addition, you will be utilizing your research sources to provide additional support for your thesis statement.
This assignment represents a crucial step toward the development of your final paper. To ensure you complete your outline thoroughly and accurately, keep the following tips in mind:
Review the Outline Format and Example reading and the rubric before you begin to ensure you address all necessary requirements.
Use complete sentences at all stages of your outline to clearly convey your ideas.
Incorporate information from your sources where appropriate, remembering to always use citations to credit others’ words and ideas.
Organize your points in a way that makes sense for your particular topic.
Follow APA formatting guidelines for your in-text citations and references list.
Check your work for spelling, grammar, and sentence structure errors before submitting.
Assignment 3 Grading Criteria
Essay in required format
Three main Supporting Points
Sub-Points to elaborate on each Supporting Point
Response to Counter-Arguments
Usage and Mechanics—Grammar, Spelling, Sentence structure
APA Elements—Attribution, Paraphrasing, Quotations
Style—Audience, Word Choice
You will begin your outline with a complete draft of your introduction paragraph. This should be around 150 words long, or 5–6 sentences. Utilize the information from the “Introductions” lecture in this module, as well as from your assigned textbook readings, and experiment with the strategies for writing introductions you have learned about. Your introduction paragraph will lead into and end with your thesis statement—this will give your readers a clear idea of your argument and the main issues you will address in your paper before the body paragraphs begin.
SUPPORTING POINT 1: Each supporting point section of your outline will begin with a topic sentence—a single sentence that conveys the main point of your paragraph—and will include a number of sub-points or supporting details.
It’s important for each of your main supporting points to have a number of sub-points, as this shows that your points are substantial and robust enough to support a scholarly argument.
Evidence from your research should be used to back up each supporting point.
Research can be incorporated through the use of direct quotations, paraphrases, or summaries, and an in-text citation should always be included to credit words or ideas that are not your own.
Three to five sub-points should be adequate to fully explain each of your supporting points.
SUPPORTING POINT 2: Each of your supporting points should deal with only one primary area of support for your thesis statement.
Sub-points will be used to elaborate on and develop each supporting point.
If you find that your sub-points for any given supporting point are covering a very broad range of information, it could be a signal you need to create a separate main supporting point.
Aim to include at least one piece of information from a scholarly source for each supporting point.
If you are unable to find research to back up any of your supporting points, it is an indication that your point is not as strong or as credible as it could be and may need to be replaced with a more credible argument.
SUPPORTING POINT 3: Begin with a clear topic sentence, and follow with three to five sub-points.
COUNTER-ARGUMENT 1: Fully explain potential counter-arguments to your thesis statement.
Include a few details about why someone might take that stance.
Do your best to treat counter-arguments fairly.
RESPONSE TO COUNTER-ARGUMENT 1: To maintain the strength of your argument, it’s important to respond to each counter-argument with further evidence that your thesis statement is valid.
Responses to counter-arguments will rely heavily on logic.
You may utilize additional information from your research to help refute counter-arguments.
COUNTER-ARGUMENT 2: Clearly and fairly explain a potential objection to your thesis.
RESPONSE TO COUNTER-ARGUMENT 2: Provide a fair and logical response to the counter-argument, using information from your research if necessary.
CONCLUSION PARAGRAPH: At the end of your outline, include a fully developed conclusion paragraph. Refer to the module’s lectures and readings for ideas about how to conclude your paper. Remember that a conclusion should not merely summarize the information you have presented; it should instead aim to tie together your main points, reiterate your argument, and leave readers engaged with something to consider about the topic after they are done reading.
REFERENCES: Include a list of all sources used in creating your outline. Remember, you should have at least one source per each of your main supporting points. The sources on your references list should be alphabetized and presented in APA format.