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Collecting Ideas for the Convincing Essay Draft (Kiefer)

Use these questions to help you organize your thinking and collect your ideas for your convincing essay draft.

What is the main point or position you want to take?
Can you see any way to focus this claim?
What reasons do you now have for taking this position?
What evidence do you have to support each of your reasons? Go back in the file and fill in as much details as you can remember to support each reason.

If you find your reasons have little to do with each other, go back to your claim and re-focus. Then eliminate unrelated reasons/evidence, and list new, relevant reasons and evidence.