- Include an introductory paragraph with a thesis containing both viewpoints; one body paragraph with supporting details about one viewpoint; another body paragraph with supporting details about the other viewpoint; and a final paragraph with a concluding opinion.
An example thesis statement might be: "Two arguments exist regarding the current state of adoption in America: one argues that adoption breaks the bond between mother and child, while the other praises the love and stability often found in adoptive parenting."
- Use standard American-English grammar and usage. No slang, jargon, or contractions. Consult this guide for help with grammar and mechanics.
Improper: There are lots of problems with adoption system today.
Proper: There are a good number of problems with the adoption system today.
- Write in the third person. This standard of writing gives your paper a level of objectivity. Eliminate usage of the following pronouns I, my, me; we, our, us; you, your, yours.
Improper: I believe the adoption system is in need of reform.
Proper: The adoption system is in need of reform.
- Format the paper and cite your two sources using MLA format. You should have at least two in-text citations and two sources in the bibliography. Consult this guide for help with MLA style. To learn how to properly set up a paper in MLA format, watch this video.