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What is a Rogerian Essay?
Some English instructors will assign a Rogerian Essay for class. A Rogerian Essay explores both sides of an issue and suggests a compromise, synthesis or solution. It's sometimes referred to as a "common ground" argument paper.
A Rogerian Essay outline may look like this*:
- Introduce the problem and show why you and your intended audience are affected by the problem.
- Lay down the common beliefs, ideas and arguments between you and your listeners (if you are speaking) or readers (if you are writing a position paper).
- Reveal the position that you are holding without saying that your position is better than the opposing belief.
- Show instances where and when your position is valid and how your position differs from the opposing belief.
- State your thesis.
*from the Tips for Essays and Research Papers website
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