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ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY FORMAT for The Cask of Amontillado

INTRODUCTION
n Engage your reader
n Ensure you make reference to the story, and author to which you will be referring
n Define terms (i.e. give the reader some insight into what Antisocial Personality Disorder
is)
n Your thesis statement is your diagnosis and belongs at the end of your introduction.

BODY PARAGRAPHS
You may have 2 or 3 body paragraphs depending on how many points of support you have
and/or how many counterpoints you may wish to refute.
All body paragraphs must follow the format below:
n Topic sentence Acknowledge counterpoint and refute (see sample argumentative
essay on animal testing provided in class.)
n Point 1 This should make reference to the traits in the APD handout that support
YOUR position)
o Example This should come from the story
o Explain This should clarify/ explain how the example connects to the trait in
your point sentence, and ultimately support your diagnosis (thesis)
n Point 2 This should make reference to the traits in the APD handout that support
YOUR position)
o Example This should come from the story
o Explain This should clarify/ explain how the example connects to the trait in
your point sentence, and ultimately support your diagnosis (thesis)
n Concluding Sentence
CONCLUSION
NO NEW INFORMATION
RESTATE THESIS IS DIFFERENT WORDS TO AVOID REPETITION
SUMMARIZE KEY POINTS
CLINCH SENTENCE THAT WRAPS EVERYTHING UP.