• Open a freewrite link for today, then respond to the following prompts:
    • What parts of the Argumentative Guide do you feel most comfortable about writing?
    • How does your voice play a role in the way your argumentation is conveyed to your audience?
    • Who is your audience?

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 on the OWL
    • 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 contextual information you've explored in your Journal Entries with a few sentences before the thesis.
    • All together, your introduction should now have some brief context (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!
  • After we've finished working on your thesis statement, go to the databases, and try to locate additional sources now. List what you found in your freewrite link.


  • Work on a background (historical context) section of your draft and polish your thesis statement.
  • Read Chapter 13 in EAA