Women in Canadian History Education Guide

Finally, write your essay! Here’s an example of how to organize your arguments and evidence: When structuring your essay, treat it like a baseball game. 1. Start at home plate: State your position and outline your three main arguments. Those arguments should be framed in general terms as noted above. You will provide the specific details in the body of your essay. Remember: it’s not “mystery history.” Don’t leave your readers wondering what you are going to be arguing and, in general, how you will argue it. 2. Run to first base: Restate your overall position and introduce your first argument. Share your specific evidence from your research (the “what”) and explain how those facts support your position (the “so what”). If you only state facts, you are not making an argument. Someone else might use those same facts to argue the other side of the position. You must explain how the facts prove your position to make a solid case. Balancing evidence with analysis is critical. 3. Continue to second and third base: For each new point, restate your overall position, introduce your next general argument, and then outline your evidence and analysis to make your point. 4. Stay out of the outfield: Only include information and arguments that are relevant to your position. Avoid including facts that are interesting but do not further your argument. 5. Cross home plate: Restate your overall position and your three main arguments. In 1943, Mary "Bonnie" Baker (Regina, Sask.) became the first Canadian woman to sign with The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). Photo credit: Courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Archives.