Pro/Con Essay The topic of the essay: Group Therapy The purpose of

Pro/Con Essay

The topic of the essay: Group Therapy

The purpose of this essay is to show the positive and negative sides of something. A neutral tone is usually used because the essay is most often informative in nature.

Most of the time when writing a pro/con essay, all of the pros (or cons) are listed first, followed by all of the cons (or pros). For example, if you were to write a pro/con essay on personal computers, you could first list the pros and then list the cons of computer usage.

Example:

“With computers, you can input, store, and retrieve large amounts of information into a computer or computer disc. On the other hand, sometimes your computer freezes, or your disc malfunctions and all of your hard work can be lost in an instant.”

As mentioned above, you usually list all of the pros (or cons) first, and then the cons (or pros), unless, in your paper, you do small portions on specific pros and cons related to your general topic. For example, the pros/cons of Mac versus the pros/cons of a PC. Furthermore, it is very helpful to use transitional phrases to link together the pros (or cons) and to separate the pros from the cons. Listed below are some of the cues that make readers stop and compare what they’ve just read to what they’re about to read.

Although/although this is true

Conversely,

In the same manner/way,

Nevertheless,

On the other hand,

When in fact

And yet

For all that,

However,

Nonetheless,

Similarly,

Whereas

At the same time

In comparison,

Likewise,

Notwithstanding,

Still,

But

In contrast,

Meanwhile,

On the contrary,

While this is true,

Also, the structure of the pro/con essay is very similar to a compareandcontrast essay. As you can see from the chart above, we even use the same transitional phrases in a pro/con essay that we do in a compareandcontrast essay.

This essay will have 6 paragraphs in total 1 introduction, 1 conclusion, 4 body paragraphs

750 to 800 words!!!!!

Idea for introduction (example, quotes, turnabout, etc.)

Thesis statement

Pro side argument 1, with 2 reasons (consider how you will appeal to ethos, pathos, or logos; consider how you might use cause/effect, comparison/contrast, problem/solution, examples, etc.)

Pro side argument 2, with 2 reasons (consider how you will appeal to ethos, pathos, or logos; consider how you might use cause/effect, comparison/contrast, problem/solution, examples, etc.)

Con side argument 1, with 2 reasons (consider how you will appeal to ethos, pathos, or logos; consider how you might use cause/effect, comparison/contrast, problem/solution, examples, etc.)

Con side argument 2, with 2 reasons (consider how you will appeal to ethos, pathos, or logos; consider how you might use cause/effect, comparison/contrast, problem/solution, examples, etc.)

Conclusion (which side would you choose and why?)

Structure and organization

Clear and engaging introduction, body, and conclusion. Each body paragraph has a single main idea stated in the topic sentence. Everything helps support the thesis (unity) and the order of ideas makes sense (coherence). The pro and con sides are approximately equal in length. At least 750 to 800 words long.

Thesis Statement:

There is a strong, clear thesis statement that states the purpose of the paper and captures the main ideas

Idea development:

The pro and con sides are given approximately equal length, and the pro/con analysis is the majority of the paper. Each side is supported with solid, compelling evidence. Sources might be used, but they do not overwhelm the student’s voice. There is evidence of appropriate use of at least 1 rhetorical appeal and 1 rhetorical mode.

Use of sources:

If sources are used, they are properly cited in APA format, with an in-text citation and a full reference in a works cited page at the end.

Grammar/mechanics:

Very few errors in grammar and/or mechanics (5 or fewer). No errors that distract from the content of the essay.