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I. Introduction Paragraph: Use one of the five hook styles to grab the reader’s attention. The general topic is war. Then transition into background information about My Brother Sam Is Dead. Finally, transition into the thesis statement. Make sure the thesis answers the prompt.

Hook/Lead (one of five styles):

Background:

C. Thesis:

II. Body Paragraph #1: This is the first way the authors show their viewpoint on war. This should be the least important reason.

Topic Sentence: One way the authors argue for/against war is…

B. Quote and citation:

Commentary:

C. Example/quote and citation:


Commentary:

D. Closing Sentence:

III. Body Paragraph #2: This is the second way the authors show their viewpoint on war.

A. Topic Sentence: Another way the authors show their viewpoint on war is…

B. Quote and citation:

Commentary:

C. Example/quote and citation:


Commentary:

D. Closing Sentence:

IV. Body Paragraph #3: This is the third way the authors show their viewpoint on war. This should be the most important reason.

A. Topic Sentence: A final way the authors prove war is/is not worth it is…

B. Quote and citation:

Commentary:

C. Example/quote and citation:


Commentary:

D: Closing Sentence:

V. Conclusion: Remember that your conclusion needs to reflect upon your introduction and thesis statement, but do not simply repeat it. You also want to end with a thoughtful reflection/statement about war in the “big picture.”

Reflect on (do not simply repeat) your thesis and main points:


Echo back to your hook/lead:

C. End with a strong statement about the topic of war:

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