Thesis Pieces. Laying the Foundation for an Effective Argumentative Thesis Stacy Allen Webster, Stephen F. Austin High School. Ugh. I have to write an essay. Where do I start?. Huzzah! We get to write ESSAYS?!? Where do I start?.
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Laying the Foundation for an Effective Argumentative Thesis
Stacy Allen Webster, Stephen F. Austin High School
Huzzah! We get to write ESSAYS?!?
Where do I start?
Start with a small seed of an idea, then water it, nurture it, talk to it, and watch it grow!
topic thesis well-argued analysis
Sometimes, the thesis may include:
Suggestion to the writer: take a position!
viewers to violence.
Since modern cinematic techniques have allowed filmmakers to more realistically portray gore and murder on screen, young viewers have become increasingly desensitized to violence.
we could argue against.
will lead us.
In The Uses of Argument, 1958, Toulmin purported:
The use of qualifiers makes the argument more convincing and reasonable.
Absolutism has limited practical uses.
Arguments that stand up to criticism earn a favorable verdict.
While it is true that many teenagers view horror movies without turning to violence, themselves, the realistic and gory scenes of modern film-making contribute to today’s youth being increasingly desensitized to violence in the real world.
American essayist and social critic H. L. Mencken (1880–1956) wrote, “The average man does not want to be free. He simply
wants to be safe.” Examine the extent to which Mencken’s observation applies to contemporary society, supporting your position with appropriate evidence.
Is safety more important than freedom?
In modern society, does the average person really care about being free?
For years corporations have sponsored high school sports. Their ads are found on the outfield fence at baseball parks or on the walls of the gymnasium, the football stadium, or even the locker room. Corporate logos are even found on players' uniforms. But some schools have moved beyond corporate sponsorship of sports to allowing "corporate partners" to place their names and ads on all kinds of school facilities--libraries, music rooms, cafeterias. Some schools accept money to require students to watch Channel One, a news program that includes advertising. And schools often negotiate exclusive contracts with soft drink or clothing companies.
Some people argue that corporate partnerships are a necessity for cash-strapped schools. Others argue that schools should provide an environment free from ads and corporate influence. Using appropriate evidence, write an essay in which you evaluate the pros and cons of corporate sponsorship for schools and indicate why you find one position more persuasive than the other.
Step 3: Create a complex sentence that answers the question. Begin with a subordinate clause that includes your weaker point (this becomes a concession). Include your main argument in the independent clause.
subordinate (dependent) clause
Although it is true that increased funding may help schools do a better job, corporate sponsorships create a consumer atmosphere that is not appropriate to an educational environment.
Have you determined a theme? Novels often have multiple themes – you only need to write about one.
What universal truth is conveyed to the reader?
The author wants the reader to see that…
(fill in the blank)
In "If you Were Coming in the Fall," Emily Dickinson uses simile, diction, and syntax to describe how people wait, hoping to fall in love.
Note: If all you do in one body paragraph is give a few examples of diction from the text and simply identify them as diction, then you haven't analyzed anything. The analysis part involves explaining how those examples are effective diction andhow they help to communicate the theme of the passage.
Ask yourself some questions (look back at your lit. circle work or annotations to get a jumpstart). Then FREE WRITE or BUBBLE CHART to discover your ideas.
House of the Spirits?