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POLS 2250
Tim Mau

March 4, 2013 – POLS 2250 Lecture Library – Writing Workshop - Aaron Massecar - strong thesis statement o must be debatable, must be narrow o good example of debatable: “at least 25 percent of the federal budget should be spend on limiting pollution.” o Bad example of debatable: “pollution is bad for environment.” o Good example of narrow: “illegal drug use is detrimental because it encourages gang violence.” o Bad example of narrow: “drug use is detrimental to society - Types of claims o Claims of fact  What some people refer to as global warming is actually nothing more than normal, long-term cycles of climate change o Claims of cause and effect  The popularity of SUV’s in America has caused pollution to increase o Claims about value  Global warming is the most pressing challenge facing the world today. o Claims about solutions or policies  Instead of drilling for oil in Alaska we should be focusing on ways to reduce oil consumption, such as research renewable energy sources - Paraphrasing vs. Quoting o Quotations: must be identical to the original, using a narrow segment of the source. o Paraphrasing: involves putting a passage from source material into your own words. Paraphrased material is usually shorter than the original passage, taking a somewhat broader segment of the source and condensing it slightly. - Description vs. argument o The descriptive essay describes an object, person, place, experience, emotion, situation, etc. o The argumentative essay investigates a topic, makes a claim about that topic, and provides evidence for that claim  Clear, concise, defined thesis statement  Clear and logical transitions between paragraphs  Conclusion readdresses it in light of the evidence provided - Each paragraph is essentiall
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