Val's Paper So Far...
Pause here and take a look at how Val has planned out her paper at this point.
A. Background information / Hook: Tattoos are a form of self-expression (Source: Book, Written on the body : the Tattoo in European and American History, Princeton University Press -- educational publisher)
B. Background information: Description of the issue.
C. Thesis: "Employees should be allowed to wear and display their tattoos on the job."
II. Main Point #1: Banning tattoos violates the Freedom of Speech
A. Discussion of Freedom of Speech (Source: Text of the First Amendment -- government document)
B. Tattoos as a form of speech (Source: article from Wake Forest Law Review -- scholarly journal)
III. Main Point #2: Tattoos have become more accepted today.
A. More Americans now have tattoos (Source: Book, Written on the body : the tattoo in European and American history, Princeton University Press -- educational publisher)
B. Americans' attitudes about tattoos are improving (Source: Pew Research Center -- expert organization)
IV. Opposing Argument: Employers should be allowed to regulate tattoos.
A. Courts have upheld employers' legal rights to ban tattoos. (Source: article from Advanced Management Journal -- scholarly journal)
B. Employers report increased sales when dress codes are enforced (Source: National Public Radio -- reputable news organization)
A. Summary of the main points
B. Re-statement of thesis: "Employees should be allowed to wear and display their tattoos on the job."
Note that as her assignment requires, Val has included two scholarly journals and one book. She has also selected three additional sources appropriate for a scholarly context (she was only required to use two additional sources, but found that she needed three!). She has included data and evidence that should help support the purpose of her paper. She has also included background information to bring her inexperienced audience up to speed on the issue.