Monday, November 21, 2011

Writing Tip: Beginning the Small-Scale Paradigm

Most small-scale paradigms, such as IRAC, begin with the issue.  (Ex. "The next issue is whether saying the pledge of allegiance in a public classroom has a secular purpose.")  However, it is clearer to begin with your conclusion.  (Ex. "Saying the pledge of allegiance in a public classroom has a secular purpose because it celebrates our country.")  Beginning with the conclusion tells the reader at the start what you are arguing.  After the opening, the rest of the paradigm is proving your conclusion.  Also, it is more persuasive for persuasive documents;  the reader doesn't have to wait until the end to learn your conclusion.  Finally, you can include a "because" in your opening sentence.

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P.S. For more on the small-scale paradigm, see Legal Argument and Small-Scale Organization on SSRN.

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