Freewrite

  • Open a daily writing link for today, then respond to the following prompts:
    • What struggles did you have as you drafted the background section of the paper?
    • List the sources you used.
    • List missing research. What other sources do you need to complete this section?
  • After we've finished freewriting, go to the databases, and try to locate these sources now. List what you found in your freewrite link.

Thesis Statement & Introduction

  • Let's examine what a good Thesis Statement looks like.
    • Now, you need to use the claims you've written to determine what your central argument is.
      • Consider what the unifying goal is that ties all your claims together; what do you want to accomplish through the publication of this writing?
    • The "Roadmap" Mentality
      • A good thesis statement and introduction for an argumentative paper should be the equivalent of drawing a roadmap for someone. Your goal is to get them from point A (where they're at) to point B (where you want them to go--in this case, you want to convince them to act on your issue). The thesis statement should define for the reader where you want them to go and how you're going to get them there.
    • Thesis Statement Activity
    • The strongest place for your thesis statement to hang out is at the end of your introduction. Once you've got a working thesis, give it some context by setting up the background information you've composed with a few sentences before the thesis.
    • All together, your introduction should now have some brief background (which you can elaborate on later in the draft) and a strong central argument in the form of a thesis; it's a great start!

Homework

  • Read Chapter 15 in EEA, "Presenting Arguments"
  • Revise your background section of your draft and your thesis statement.