forwarding the right to die ? this is the sample out line for the assignment

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Name  (heading in single-space)


type of assignment


Marijuana Blues[1]

Life is beautiful [2]–source[3]

Keep it simple and to the point; give an example of a neighborhood friend who was arrested for MJ possession; and how that ruined his life. In other words, just simply tell someone’s story—one that will help you pre-frame, or contextualize your argument in more human terms; for example, simply say here that you will find a story of someone arrested for simple possession and how that created a big bump in the road for them. Make sure you correctly cite that story in your first draft.  (Remember, your position statement simply goes at the end of your #1, or story.) It is time to legalize Marijuana (your #2). (body in double-space, but do not triple-space between paragraphs and between sub-headings.)

Waste of Resources (probably your strongest reason)

Arrests for simple possession set off a wasteful chain: The police have better things to do with their time. Court systems are already over-burdened.


Everyone deserves the right to choose. The Constitution supports individual choice.

Tax Benefits

With legalization, every State can tax the sales. Tax revenue will greatly enhance the State’s budget.


Many people claim that once you start smoking MJ you will then go on to do hard drugs; that is not true.  Alcohol or prescription drugs are the true gateway drugs.

Sends the Wrong Message?

Some argue[4] that our young people would be especially at risk since they might feel it is ok to start experimenting with MJ before the age of eighteen; but young people have already received the hypocritical message against MJ  use and they have made up their minds. We need to stop underestimating their ability to critically think about issues. And besides, the states’ will restrict purchase to 21 and older.

Public Safety?

Some claim that our public transportation will be at great risk for accidents and even mid-air collisions because pilots and bus-drivers may still be under the influence of MJ; no one would want our public servants to be under the influence of any substance, even MJ, but we can easily institute safeguards and use the current laws and similar restrictions to protect public safety. We already have a simple testing device that measures the THC in nanograms.

Looking Forward

Just like our friend, John (the subject of your earlier, Engage the Reader, story), we need to have a common sense approach to marijuana laws. The people have spoken, and they want a reasonable marijuana law that removes the current hypocrisy. It is time for a new and more pragmatic approach.

Remember, your outline is not a pro/con listing; for your counter-argument section, your #4, you need to fully and fairly present your chosen objections/questions first, and then you must respond, or counter them.

Sub-headings or section headings:  You must use sub-headings for the outline, the First draft and the Final draft; use judiciously and effectively. Sub-headings must be in bold, keep the same-size and style font, do not underline, do not add end punctuation (except in your counter-argument sub-heading).Use bolded sub-titles for your Outline, your First Draft, and for your Final paper.

Overview of the First Draft and of the Final paper:

Remember, your main purpose for all papers is to be taken seriously! Your purpose is not to preach, not to evaluate, not to lecture, and not to moralize.

Make sure you have the required body pages: three to five for the First Draft and five to six pages of body for the Final Paper.

Do not use first-person. The only exception is using an illustration of something you experienced (for example, using a relative who struggled with end of life problems, if your topic is the Right to Die). Avoid the  danger of using first-person for argumentative or analysis patterns.

Do not include titles or articles or books in your paper body; only include a brief title of the author (to establish credentials).

Use the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation system for the first paper; typically, the second paper will be in the Chicago citation system.

Use Times New Roman and size 12.

Do not triple-space between paragraphs.

Use the standard one inch margins.

Avoid passive voice.

Do not manually include footnotes or endnotes: use the software Word program’s insertion of footnotes or endnotes.

Avoid repetition (do not keep repeating the main point; do not repeat the paraphrase or integrated quote).

Need a decent title (not a topic title or position statement title). But remember, do use a simple topic title for the submission title; this will allow other classmates to quickly identify each paper topic.

Need an opening quote that will pre-frame and later resonate with your argument; use only italics for the opening quote, double-dash, then, source (non-italics). But do not use italics when quoting a source in your paper body—use quotation marks there.

[1] Get a decent title, one that will pre-frame, and later resonate, your position; do not use a “topic title” and do not use a question as a title.

[2] For example, a good opening quote for legalizing same-sex marriage would be the following: We deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame, and without compromise—Ellen Page

[3] ( is a good source for your opening quote/s)

[4] This general signal phrase is perfectly fine for the outline, but when you start writing your First Draft (and later, your Final Paper) you must use an actual source to introduce your objection.

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