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Demonstration Editorial Three

Jan 6, 2014

A Sample Structure

I. Lead with an Objective Explanation of the Issue/Controversy.

Include the five W's and the H.

  • Pull in facts and quotations from the sources which are relevant.
  • Additional research may be necessary.

II. Present Your Opposition First.

As the writer you disagree with these viewpoints. Identify the people (specifically who oppose you. )

  • Use facts and quotations to state objectively their opinions.
  • Give a strong position of the opposition. You gain nothing in refuting a weak position.

III. Directly Refute The Opposition's Beliefs.

You can begin your article with transition.

  • Pull in other facts and quotations from people who support your position.
  • Concede a valid point of the opposition which will make you appear rational, one who has considered all the options (fiscal times are tough, and we can cut some of the funding for the arts; however, …).

IV. Give Other, Original Reasons/Analogies

In defense of your position, give reasons from strong to strongest order.

  • Use a literary or cultural allusion that lends to your credibility and perceived intelligence.

V. Conclude With Some Punch.

Give solutions to the problem or challenge the reader to be informed.