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Welcome to the ICC Persuasive AEE Working Thesis and Outline Maker

This tool should help you create a first working thesis statement for a TOEFL 3 - E101 persuasive American expository essay (AEE). To use it, you will need:

  1. Answer the following questions in short phrases (not full sentences).
  2. Do not use periods (.) at the end or capital letters at the beginning of the phrases.
  3. Click the "Thesis" button when you're finished.
  4. A window will pop open with a suggested working thesis.
  5. Go back and adjust your answers to smooth out the workig thesis until it makes sense and expresses your opinion clearly, completely and concisely.
  6. Finally, click the "Outline" button to generate a working outline you can use to organize your zero draft into a first draft of a persuasive AEE addressing your working thesis.

1. What's the topic (3 key words) you want to write about?
(Note: e.g. "dogs, cats and water" but don't enter the quote marks)

2. What's the specific question concerning this topic that you will answer?
(Note: Use the three key words somewhere in this question)

3. What's an answer to the above question that most people, but NOT you, would probably agree with?
(Note: State the answer positively)

4. What's YOUR favored answer to the question?
(Note: A few persons in the world must agree, but most should disagree; state the answer positively)

Adjust the above to make your working thesis clear, complete and concise. When you are happy with your thesis, you make an outline by answering the following additional questions and clicking the "outline" button below.

5. What is one important reason why people, in general, would disagree with your thesis?

6. What are the SIX most important reasons why you believe your answer is true, correct or best?
(Note: List in order of importance, beginning with the most important; consider cost, power, control, time and specific benefits; consider begining with it is or they are)
a-Reason #1:

b-Reason #2:

c-Reason #3:

d-Reason #4:

e-Reason #5:

f-Reason #6:

7. What's a possible title for your essay?