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Other ( thesis and outline for Paper 4) Undergraduate (yrs. 1-2)
For HW12, you are sending me your thesis and outline for Paper 4.Since Paper 4 is due by 11:59 pm, Sunday, December 1st,you’ll need to review the Paper 4 instructions FIRST.Then, study the following files:
Overview and How to Write an ArgumentPreview the document
Steps 1-3–Argument Exploration and ThesisPreview the document
The Argument Paper and Strong Body ParagraphsPreview the document
Step 4–Overview: Organization of an ArgumentPreview the document
Step 4a–Option A OrganizationPreview the document
Step 4b–Option B OrganizationPreview the document
You might also review some of the sample papers linked to the Paper 4 instructions:
Option A Argument Sample PaperPreview the document
Option B Argument Sample PaperPreview the document
Sample Paper–SnowmobilesPreview the document
Once you have studied these files, create your own thesis for Paper 4. The instructions for Paper 4 include the TOPIC you are to write about, so please read the instructions before completing this homework assignment.
Be sure that your thesis has a topic + comment:
Option A–Present your Position
Topic (Issue) + Comment (Your position + reasons/points to support your position)
Option B–Refute the Opposition
Topic (Issue) + Comment (Counterpoints to refute opposition)
The difference in these two options is explained fully in the file Steps 1-3 Argument Exploration and Thesis. Preview the document
NOTE:I recommend that you use the exploration strategies discussed in the Steps 1-3 Argument Exploration file. These include:
creating a brainstorm grid of ideas that support both sides of the issue;
reviewing the grid and deciding your opinion on the issue;
reviewing the grid and deciding your approach (Option A or Option B);
reviewing the grid and selecting your best reasons;
writing the thesis as a TOPIC + COMMENT.
Example 1: Agree with Dickerson–Option A
Let’s say I agree with Darby Dickerson that campus concealed carry is not a good idea.After reviewing my exploration (See Steps 1-3 Argument ExplorationPreview the document), I decide I want to approach the issue by following Option A: Present my Position. My thesis for Paper 4 might look something like:
Darby Dickerson is correct; concealed campus carry is not a good idea because _________________, ___________________, and _______________.
In the blanks, I would put what I consider to be the reasons (how/why) guns should not be allowed on campus.
Example 2: Disagree with Dickerson–Option A
Or, let’s imagine that I disagree with Dickerson, but I still want to follow Option A: Present my Position.Then, after brainstorming reasons/ideas to support my opinion, I come up with a thesis that looks like so:
Although allowing guns on campus is a controversial issue, Darby Dickerson is incorrect in her assertion that such weapons will put students, faculty, and staff at risk. In fact, concealed campus carry is a good idea because ___________, _________, and _______________.
Example 3:Disagree with Dickerson–Option B
Another way to approach an argument is to refute the opposition, which is discussed fully in the file Steps 1-3 Argument Exploration and Thesis. To give you an idea of how a refutation thesis might be structured based on our topic, please see below.
Individuals such as Darby Dickerson who oppose guns on campus often mention that __________, ___________, and _________.However, these concerns are unfounded because _________, ___________, and _______________.
Of course, there are many, many options–I’m confident that with some brainstorming, you’ll come up with a GREAT thesis!
After you have written the thesis, write your outline (informal plan) for Paper 4, as illustrated in the files linked above.Depending on your approach, you can follow Option A or Option B, both of which are discussed in the files Step 4–Overview: Organization of an ArgumentPreview the document, Step 4a–Option A OrganizationPreview the document, and Step 4b–Option B OrganizationPreview the document.
To sum up HW12, you will submit:
Thesis for Paper 4
Outline for Paper 4
Remember to use MLA format, to save your file as doc, docx, rtf, or PDF, to name it appropriately, and to send it to me through the submission option on the HW10 instructions page.
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