• Open a freewriting link for today, then respond to the following prompts:
    • What sources do you have that define the background section of the paper?
    • How are you contextualizing the research so that it is important to your audience?
    • List potential missing research. What other sources do you need to make your topic relevant to your audience?
  • 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 would tie 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 practiced collecting 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!


  • Read Chapters 8 & 9 of EAA by Wednesday.
    • You'll have one reading response due on Blackboard by class time Wednesday.
    • Respond to the following prompts, each in at least a paragraph:
  1. In your own words, define "media spin" and how it plays a role in arguments of fact.
  2. Find and list the link of an example of an infographic online and explain how it is (or isn't) effective.
  3. Explain, using an example, why alternative perspectives are vital to making an argument of definition.
  4. Construct a logical reason to support the claim "An internship is an actual job and should be subject to the minimum wage." (Alternatively, you could construct a reason why it should not be subject to the minimum wage, if you choose.)