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Persuasion 2

Persuasion 2

Author: Nathan Mattson
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Tutorial

Step 1

Complete this and submit it to turnitin.com by the beginning of class on the due date.

If elm4you asks for a code, here it is: 22510011784933

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Databases--elm4you.org

Brief introduction to the points of view database at elm4you.org.

Step 2

Let's practice identifying a thesis and evidence. What is the author of this article trying to argue? In other words, what is his thesis? What does he use as evidence to make his case. What are your reactions to this article? What sentence or sentences resonate the most with you? Do you think there are solutions for this issue? Write this up and use quotations.

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Source: Whitmire, Richard. "Boy Trouble." *New Republic* 234.2 (2006): 15-18. *Academic Search Premier*. Web. 19 Apr. 2014.

Step 3

Choosing a Topic and Crafting a Thesis

 

Choose a topic from the Points of View reference center, read the overview, and write a thesis.  

Remember that a thesis is a statement or belief that people can disagree with.  

These are not theses:

  1. The Civil War happened. 
  2. Athletes sometimes cheat.
  3. School is a part of growing up.

​These are theses:

  1. The Civil War was the worst financial disaster of the 1800s.
  2. Most athletes cheat.
  3. School is the most important aspect of growing up.  

 

Step 4

STEP 4  Research

You are required to use the elm4you Database—more specifically the Points of View Database.

  1. You may not use general websites for research.
  2. While you are only required to use 4-6 articles in your final paper, you will need to read through at least 7-10 articles to find the best information for your essay.
  3. You must read the articles, not simply skim them for quotations.
  4. Balance your articles: use some short and some longer ones, use articles with personal stories and anecdotes and others with statistics, data, and strong research. 
  5. Use newspaper, magazine and journal articles – don’t simply use all newspaper articles

Anything and everything that is taken from another source must be cited in your paper and in a Works Cited page.

How to Cite a Database Article

 

Step 5

STEP 5 Write an Outline

                                          

I. Introductory paragraph

A. Hook

B. Thesis

C.  Arguments which will support your thesis (preview of main points)

II. Address Opposition (could occur after the third Argument)

A. Opposition

B. Expand or explain why opposition is wrong

C.  Give supporting evidence (cite)

D. Make a mini-conclusion/transition to next paragraph

III. First argument

A. Expand or explain this argument

B. Give supporting examples or evidence (cite)

            - You should include at a minimum 3 strong examples/evidence

C. Make a mini-conclusion/transition to next paragraph

IV. Second argument

A. Expand or explain this argument

B. Give supporting examples or evidence (cite)

            - You should include at a minimum 3 strong examples/evidence

C. Make a mini-conclusion/transition to next paragraph

V. Third argument

A. Expand or explain this argument

B. Give supporting examples or evidence (cite)

            - You should include at a minimum 3 strong examples/evidence

C. Make a mini-conclusion/transition to next paragraph

VI. Conclusion

A. Summarize your thesis and main points/arguments.

B. If appropriate, suggest an action to be taken or use the perfect quotation.

Example Body Paragraph Parts

Here are some parts of body paragraphs. These, of course, are not complete paragraphs. Notice how often the writers have to cite sources.

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MLA Guidelines and Common Sense