English Writing. Part 3: Thesis Focus. John E. Clayton Nanjing University, Spring, 2005. Please Turn In Your Homework. Journal 1 (name/student number/journal 1) Keep your essay for now. Syllabus. 03/02 Introduction; Overview; Writing a good paragraph
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John E. Clayton
Nanjing University, Spring, 2005
(name/student number/journal 1)
Keep your essay for now
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Argumentative Essays for an American Audience
American academic essays are usually "thesis-driven."
This means that you, as the writer, must explain the main pointof your essay at the start.
An academic essay is not a mystery novel - your reader does not want to figure out the plot or search for clues.
The thesis-driven essay may be different from non-American writing forms, in which the thesis is often implied, delayed, or delivered at the end of the essay.
Consider the thesis statement a concise version of the entire essay, which usually appears in the introductory section of an essay. A thesis provides the reader with a "road map," clearly laying out the route ahead.
Note that a thesis is an interpretation of a subject, not the subject itself.
The subject of an essay might be Smoking, but the thesis must then offer a way to understand smoking that others might dispute.
Argument: Smoking is harmful, and should be banned
Primary goal:to ban smoking in public places.
Reasons:it’s dangerous, harmful and annoying.
“Smoking should be banned from public places, because it is dangerous, bad for health, and very annoying to other people.”
Subject: Reading books
Argument: Books should remain a key resource for university students.
Primary goal:to encourage students to read more printed books.
Reasons:inexpensive, relaxing, always available.
“Even though we are bombarded with information today, we should continue to invest time reading old-fashioned paper books, because they are inexpensive, they can help us relax, and they won’t shut-down at 11:00pm.”
Argument: A university club should be established to focus on outdoor activities, especially camping.
Primary goal:encourage the creation of a campus club to promote camping.
Reasons:healthy, relaxing, good use of time.
“Even though some people say the university should be for academics only, the university should establish a club to promote camping, because it is a healthy, relaxing activity that uses time wisely.”
A South Pacific Island, early 20th century
Mahanna a young girl
Mo Key Mahanna's father
Johnny Lingo an famous island trader
Mr. Harris a shop keeper
Tulo the shop keeper's helper
A husband would bargain for his wife with her father, in cows – trying to pay as little as possible.
Think about “Johnny Lingo”, and the difference he made in Mahanna’s life, then:
Write the introductionparagraph only (including thesis statement)
to an essay entitled:
“I Can’t Change Someone
Else…or Can I?”