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POLS 2250 Lecture Notes - Thesis Statement, Brian Mulroney, New Public Management


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLS 2250
Professor
Tim Mau

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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 essentially a mini essay:
o Introductory statement
o Example/evidence/quote
o Explanation of the quote
o How the quote relates to the thesis
o Concluding statement and transition
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