Working-Moms/Stay-at-home Moms – Some people believe that moms should be at home with their children at least until they can attend kindergarten.
The purpose of the position paper is to generate support on an issue. It describes a position on an issue and the rationale for that position. The position paper is based on facts that provide a solid foundation for your argument. In the position paper you should:
· Use evidence to support your position, such as statistical evidence, dates, events, etc.
· Validate your position with authoritative references or primary source quotations.
· Examine the strengths and weaknesses of your position.
Choose an issue where there is a clear division of opinion and which is arguable with facts and inductive reasoning. Research your issue thoroughly. The following structure is require for this position paper:
· An Introduction
· Identification of the issue
· Statement of the position
· The Body
· Background information
· Supporting evidence or facts
· A discussion of both sides of the issue
· A Conclusion
· Suggested courses of action
· Possible solutions
The introduction should clearly identify the issues and state the author’s position. It should be written in a way that catches the reader’s attention.
The body of the position paper should contain several paragraphs. Each paragraph should present an idea or main concept that clarifies a portion of the position statement and is supported by evidence or facts. Evidence can be primary source quotations, statistical data, interviews with experts, etc. Evidence should lead to the main concept or idea presented in the paragraph. The body may begin with some background information and should incorporate a discussion of both sides of the issue.
The conclusion should summarize the main concepts and ideas and reinforce, without repeating the introduction or body of the paper. It could include suggested courses of action and possible solutions.
The paper should be 5-7 pages. Make sure that you provide appropriate documentation for the information that you include!