this is due in 7 hours….. please follow all instructions
Do the following:
1. Before beginning this assignment, you should have begun developing ideas for Writing project 2 and you should have a good idea of where you want your project to go.
2. Read Chapter 3 of Guptill’s book (linked below)
3. Watch the video while completing part 1 of the handout
4. Finish reading the material posted here in this assignment. (posted below)
5. Complete Part 2 of the handout, utilizing all the material on thesis statements to help you along the way!
Complete the attachment following the above instructions
The last 3 parts of the attachment you pick any scary story movie or book. For the writing assignment I do next week I pick any scary story movie or book to anaylze. This will help do the last part of the attachment
second attachment has information for step 4 above
Make a copy
of this handout to type your answers on
Before beginning this activity, read
“Chapter 3: Constructing the Thesis and Argument—From the Ground Up” from
Writing in College
by Amy Guptill
. You should also have already begun your pre-writing for Writing Project 2, and have a pretty good idea of what you want to say in your essay.
This handout has three parts. Complete the first part while watching the video, “Thesis Statements for Argument Essays.” Then, refer to the video, Chapter 3, and the Thesis Statements assignment as you complete Part 2.
As you watch the video, take notes by completing the form below:
1. Why is a thesis statement like the sun in a solar system?
2. Finish the sentence by filling in the two empty boxes below. At its most basic, a thesis statement for an argument essay contains
3. Which sample thesis below is stronger, A or B? In your own words, explain why.
Increasing student fees at Cerritos College will allow for an improved college experience because it will allow the college to purchase more technology to distribute to students, fund more programs like new majors and certificates, offer more sections of popular G.E. classes, and provide more online training for faculty.
Increasing student fees at Cerritos College will allow for an improved college experience because it will enable the development of more programs and resources to students, along with continued development for faculty.
Which is stronger? (A or B)
Refer to the video, Chapter 3, and the Thesis Statements assignment as you work on developing your own thesis and argument. Remember, before completing this part of the assignment, it’s important that you’ve begun developing your ideas for the essay, and you have a pretty good idea of what you want your essay to say.
Of course, your thesis can (and should!) evolve as you draft, but it’s important to have some vision of where you would like your essay to go! So, use the space to help develop your argument.
What is your claim? For Writing Project 2, your claim should be the answer to this question: What lesson is the story meant to teach, and how is this reflective of the culture in which you encountered it?
What reasons (main ideas) will you include in your essay to support your claim? (You can only answer this after you’ve spent some time thinking through what you want your essay to say. This can change as you draft!)
(I’ve put 6 boxes here to give you plenty of space, but there’s no magic number as to how many reasons/main ideas you should include in your essay!).
Now, to the best of your abilities, and keeping in mind that you can change this as you draft, try to put together a thesis statement that is at least a Two Story Thesis, as according to Guptill in Chapter 3.
Once you’ve completed this activity, this can serve as a strong outline for your essay! You’ve got a thesis, and the reasons will develop into your main ideas, your body paragraphs. Remember to include concrete evidence in every paragraph!
Information for #4 above
Now, let’s take a closer look at what Guptill calls the “Three Story Thesis.” For example, she says: “One-story theses state inarguable facts. Two-story theses bring in an arguable (interpretive or analytical) point. Three-story theses nest that point within its larger, compelling implications.”
What does that mean, though, “larger, compelling implications”?
We’ve already established that an argument starts with an issue–a topic under debate. “Under debate” implies that its an issues that lots of people have lots of opinions on. So when you make an argument in an essay, that’s your way of
that debate, or participating in a conversation with all of the other people who have opinions on that topic. Of course, not all of those people will read your essay, but you are still drawing on this larger discussion, and others who have opinions on this topic are drawing on this discussion as well.
Let’s look at the example from the video.
The two thesis statements below would work just fine; they are both non-obvious, arguable, and well-specified. To use Guptill’s language, they are Two Story thesis statements:
Increasing student fees at Cerritos College will allow for an improved college experience because it will enable the development of more programs and resources for students, along with continued development for faculty.
Increasing student fees at Cerritos College will ultimately improve students’ educational experiences by offering more programs and resources to students as well as better prepared faculty.
To put them in the language of
“Argument Basics,” (Links to an external site.)
both thesis statements introduce the writer’s claim and reasons–without simply listing the reasons in the thesis statement. In both thesis statements, the reasons are summed up in the last half of the second part of the sentence, which is in bold above.
Remember, those reasons were as follows:
1. Increasing feels will allow the college to purchase more technology to distribute to students
2. To fund more programs, like new majors and certificates
3. To offer more sections of popular G.E. classes
4. More online training for faculty
The bolded statements in the thesis statements above introduce the reasons by joining them together in one cohesive statement. In the first example, “it will enable the development of more programs and resources for students” introduces reasons 1, 2, 3. “Along with continued development for faculty” introduces the fourth reason. The second thesis statement is very similar, but just edited to be slightly more concise.
These are good thesis statements, and would absolutely work for an academic project on the topic of student fees at Cerritos College.
To take it one step further, though, and make it a bit more complex, the writer could add a third story. In that case, it might look like this:
Increasing student fees at Cerritos College will ultimately improve students’ educational experiences by offering more programs and resources to students as well as better prepared faculty, ultimately paving the way for higher graduation rates and a faster path into the workforce.
As above, the “reasons” are introduced in bold. The statement indicating the “larger implications” is in italics.
As you can see, the last portion of the sample thesis puts the topic in a larger context–the context surrounding the topic–by suggesting that the point argued in the claim is important to this larger issue as well, the issue of higher graduation rates and workforce involvement.
Now, your project is on a different topic, but the process is similar.