In the United States legal, educational, and economic systems and practices often fall under scrutiny and are labeled as “broken” because they create or sustain gaps in power and privilege. Choose one of these “broken systems” and make the argument that it needs to be reformed. Include specific examples from your research that highlight the effects of this broken system on individuals as well as on society as a whole. Your paper should include a counterargument paragraph that considers and responds to opposing points of view Be mindful of how you incorporate summaries, paraphrases, and quotes from your sources– use ethos, pathos, and logos to effectively persuade your readers. Cite and document appropriately so as to avoid plagiarism. Introduction Paragraph Click Bait — Hook your readers from the start. Begin with an attention grabbing statement (1-2 sentences max) Background and context Information that introduces the “broken system” (who, what, where, when, why 3-4 sentences max) Working Thesis. Write an arguable statement explaining your position. X system is broken and needs to undergo reform because…. Format for body paragraphs Topic sentence (sentences should make arguable claims) Example/evidence of specific data, expert source, or eye witness/human experience Supporting Quote from your research Explanation and Discussion of how the quote above ties in with your example/evidence or how it relates to your thesis. Concluding/Transitional sentence that leads your reader from this paragraph to the next in a fluid way Format for counterargument paragraph Topic sentence (present opposing perspective “Some may argue that this system is not broken because….) Example/evidence of specific claims, points, or issues offered by the opposing perspective Supporting Quote from your research Explanation and Discussion of how the examples and quotes above are limited, wrong, or why they can be dismissed in favor of your perspective. Pick apart the opposition’s point of view as a way of reinforcing your own thesis! Concluding/Transitional sentence that leads your reader from this paragraph to the next in a fluid way Conclusion Paragraph What’s the lesson? Tell your audience what the benefits of adopting your thesis are Reach out: Tell your audience what the consequences of the opposing point of view are– what will happen is this “broken system” is left unchanged? Mic-drop: Leave the reader with something to consider or present them with an action to take.