The purpose of a 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.
Teacher Note: If you need additional assistance in using the Position Paper activity in your classroom, consult this guide from Bowie State University’s Thurgood Marshall Library.
Directions: The classic position paper contains three main elements:
- An Introduction, which identifies the issue that will be discussed and states the author’s position on that issue.
- The Body of the paper, which contains the central argument and can be further broken up into three unique sections:
- Background information
- Evidence supporting the author’s position
- A discussion of both sides of the issue, which addresses and refutes arguments that contradict the author’s position
- A Conclusion, restating the key points and, where applicable, suggesting resolutions to the issue.