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  1. Theses • SHOULD BE: • Specific • Clear (not too wordy) • Argumentative • Analytical • Defensible (something you can back up with evidence)

  2. specific • DO THIS • “The death of all elm trees in Antigonish due to Dutch Elm Disease has made the downtown unattractive.” • NOT THIS • “Trees along the street can help make it look better.”

  3. CLEAR • DO THIS • “The Xaverian is a good newspaper because its writers are carefully screened.” • NOT THIS • “Due to the fact that some of the writers that apply to write for the Xaverian are English majors, this means that they have to take a test to write for the paper.”

  4. argumentative • DO THIS • “Children should be taught sexual education in elementary schools.” • NOT THIS • “Some children learn sexual education in elementary school.”

  5. analytical • DO THIS • “The bystander effect in today’s social climate presents itself in the form of cell-phone videos taken by observers, who do not intercede but who do record the incident.” • NOT THIS • “Lots of crimes could be prevented by people who just stand around videoing the whole thing on their phones.”

  6. defensible • DO THIS • “Although studies have demonstrated the positive medical effects of marijuana, recent reports show the potential abuse of a health-care system that supports the legalization of pot.” • NOT THIS • “I think that pot should be legal, because it helped my mum when she was having chemo.”

  7. Avoid • Descriptions • Vagueness • Using the 1st person

  8. CHEATS Statement + Because • “This is a nice town because of the strong sense of community involvement.”

  9. Make a question, then answer it. • Q: “Do you think that it is possible for prison to reform criminals?” • A: “Criminals commit crimes because of a genetic or environmental defect; they cannot be rehabilitated by prisons.”

  10. Use independent clauses (like “although” or “despite”) • State something more obvious, then show how your argument relates • “Although contemporary Canadian society has made significant advancements towards racial integration, the disproportionate number of Natives incarcerated in our prisons reveals the disadvantages still perpetuated by our current system.” ALTHOUGH + STANCE + BECAUSE

  11. INTRODUCTIONS • Introductory phrase (like, “Jones’ Madhatter (2001) highlights Canadian society’s intolerance of racial prejudice and stereotyping.”) • Outline of main points (in order) • Thesis • REMEMBER – • Write the intro last • Avoid the 1st person • It’s okay to write, “This paper will argue that …”