Tips on Writing a Position Paper

The Position Paper has 3 parts: the Introduction, Body and Conclusion.

Sledge (2010) proposes this format:

The Introduction should:

• Capture the reader’s attention. This can be done by posing a question, stating a relevant quote, making a strong statement, or using a statistic.

• State your thesis (the topic and your opinion on it from your chosen perspective).

• Introduce the main points to be discussed.

The Body should:

• Provide clear reasons for your position.

• Elaborate using supporting details such as facts and personal experiences.

• Be organized in a logical order.

*This part of the position paper will require some research. You do not need to strictly follow the parenthetical reference style taught in H3. Instead, use footnotes in your word processor, and add the APA entry of your source at the bottom of your paper.

The Conclusion should

• Restate your thesis.

• Sum up the main points made in the body of your essay.

• End with a strong statement.

Remember, the way the Position Paper is written does not directly try to convince its audience to support an issue. Rather, it does so by the presentation of facts and ideas that support the stand chosen by the writer.

This means that it utilizes phrases such as “We support this stand because…”, rather than “You should support this stand because…”


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