ThesisOutline No corrections or further submissions after March 27. Objective: complete an outline and works cited page for your argumentative/persuasiv

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 No corrections or further submissions after March 27.

Objective: complete an outline and works cited page for your argumentative/persuasive research paper and make a skeleton of body paragraphs. 

 Directions: After researching your topic, write your thesis statement, outline, and sources. While your outline does not need to be formal, all sources listed should be in MLA format with full web links included for online sources. Please see my example outline below and adjust it to fit your topic and major points. You might have three major points and several sub points, or four or five major points and sub points. Consider this a free-writing exercise or organized idea mapping, and use this outline to help you find more sources and determine the strength of your argument. Remember that each main body point will span multiple paragraphs in your paper, unlike a traditional 5 paragraph paper). 

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Do not use “things” in your thesis/outline or paper.

Avoid first person (I, me, my, we, us, our).



Topic: Should organ donors be compensated for donating and how should those who receive the organs is selected?

 Major Points: the ethics of current organ donations and statistics, how the system for being selected works, survival rates from transplants, how it can generate income and donations, how altruistic people can remain able to donate freely, government control

Thesis: By allowing those who donate organs to be compensated for their loss, donations would increase which would help countless people in need of organ transplants as well as becoming a viable option for people who need more income. Those who are selected to receive these transplants should be those in the most need with the highest success rate at the top, and those with less of a chance of survival at the bottom, however there should also be an option that if someone wants to volunteer to donate an organ to a specific person, they can ignore the list system but cannot receive compensation for it.

 Body Point 1: Is offering a reward system for something that is currently an altruistic system

1. How offering compensation can corrupt the system

2. How it can benefit the system

3. Would it discourage people from offering donations or being skeptical of them

 Body Point 2: How the Federal Government could regulate and benefit

1. A base tax they could add for certain procedures

2. Rules and regulations to discourage illegal organ trafficking

3. Why they need to be involved

 Body Point 3: How often people donate organs

1. Numbers of how many people donate organs yearly

2. How offering payment for organs could increase donations

3. The difference it could make in success rates

 Body Point 4: Currently how the system for being selected works

1. Is it based off survival chance

2. Can you pay more to get a better chance of receiving one

3. Can someone offer to donate specifically to you

 Body Point 5: Why those with the highest survival chances should be at the top

1. If it was first come first served system, organs would be wasted

2. By allowing the people with the best chance for living to receive them, it would be easier for them to pay/compensate their donor

3. Donations would be more likely if they knew the person who received it had a better chance of living

 Sources: List at least 4 of the sources you intend to use in MLA format. Include full web links if they are online sources. Don’t fuss about the indentation of sources for this thesis assignment. 

Campbell, Denis, and Nicola Davison. “Illegal Kidney Trade Booms as New Organ Is Sold Every Hour'” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 28 May 2012. Web. 12 Sept. 2015.    <>


Egendorf, Laura K. Organ Donation: Opposing Viewpoints. Detroit, MI: Greenhaven, 2003. Print.  


Gostin, Lawrence O., and James G. Hodge. “Global Health Law, Ethics, and Policy.” The Journal  of Law, Medicine & Ethics 35.4 (2007): 519-25. Ebsco Host. Web. 2 Oct.  2014.      4491-9200-e814b4126641%40sessionmgr4003&vid=5&hid=4106


Health Resources & Services Administration. “Becoming a Donor.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2016. Web. 2 Oct. 2015.

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