After you have read the above articles, chooseone of the below topics to use for your persuasive argument. (I have separated each article into topics that are for or against.)
The Bermuda Triangle is a supernatural area.
The Bermuda Triangle is NOT a supernatural area.
The Loch Ness Monster is real.
The Loch Ness Monster is NOT real.
There is treasure buried in Oak Island.
There is NOT treasure buried in Oak Island.
The Nazca Lines were built by or for aliens.
The Nazca Lines were NOT built by or for aliens.
Now that you have chosen a topic, please begin your research. Read additional articles about your subject, and look for ideas that you can use for sub-topics. Remember—you’re trying to find facts to prove your point. Use the following links to help you, but DO NOT TAKE NOTES YET.
Now that you’ve read up on your subject, come up with THREE sub-topics that will prove your point. Remember, they should be larger ideas—not small details—and they should prove why you believe what you do. Here are some tips to consider:
Your sub-topics should all be very different from each other. In other words, no two sub-topics should be similar.
Each sub-topic needs to be “large” enough that you can use at least three details to prove it.
Your sub-topics should be interesting and persuasive.
After coming up with three good sub-topics, begin looking for details to prove them. (This is when you start taking notes.) Whenever you find a detail that explains why your sub-topic is correct or “right”, write it down on paper. Try to come up with 3 to 5 details per sub-topic.