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WR2121 Lecture September 20, 2011

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Writing 2121F/G
Tim Freeborn

September 20, 2011 - To gain access to electronic supplement: WR 2100, Section 001 Basic Structure of Academic Essay - Make intro concise, not too broad/vague. - If writing for anything that has a voluntary reader (magazine) might want to include hook. Not for academic essays. - Intro will have a thesis. - Successful thesis identifies the topic. Should be a group of sentences that can stand alone. It should inform the reader just what the paper is, and what the paper’s about. - It’ll make an assertion about the topic in a persuasive paper. There is a difference between a statement of fact and an assertion (a position of argument, not a fact) - Also will contain a forecast statement: Offers a concise overview of the main ideas that will develop the arguments. - * Conclude the introduction paragraph with thesis. It’s the most important sentence in your essay. - Example of thesis: The NHL must deter on-ice violence through the strict and consistent enforcement of rules. To do so, it must clearly distinguish between acceptable physical contact and acts of violence. - The topic: on-ice violence - Assertion/Opinion/Argument: “must deter” - There is an opposing point of view to this, someone could say they don’t have to deter. - It has a forecast. You can tell what the writer is going to talk about from those two sentences: the enforcement of rules, definition of acceptable violence in hockey, - Paragraphs in the body of your paragraph should include: - A topic sentence. (In a short paper of 2-3 pages, your topic sentences will have an intimate relationship with thesis and forecast statement.) - The topic sentence identifies the topic, it will also make an assertion about that topic (argument). If you’re developing an argument make sure that the body of your paragraph contains assertions that allow you to develop it. - Avoid mere statements of fact. - The 5 page essay from Hodkinson’s class is okay when writing a 2 page paper. -
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