ENV100 Writing Workshop
Prewriting: developing an outline
1. Identify the purpose of your paper
2. Develop your thesis/central point
4. Organize (group similar ideas)
5. Order (logical flow)
What is a thesis?
Does your thesis clearly indicate your position or argument?
Is your thesis debatable?
Do you make your point in a few sentences?
Strong thesis: specific and narrow, intriguing
E.g. David Orr’s critique of our current education system is both a timely and
effective approach to integrating environmental responsibility into higher learning.
While David Orr provides a compelling critique of the education system, he proposed
solutions are not actionable or realistic. As such, more work needs to be done to create
meaningful and lasting changes to environmental education.
E.g. Many people believe that… however….
Organization: 1 central idea