ssignment 1: Discussion
A thesis statement is the central crux of your paper. In the case of the argumentative research essay, it is one sentence that clearly states the topic as well as the argument of your paper. A thesis statement must not be a fact; it must be an arguable position on a topic. Consider the following two statements:
Example 1: Many high school students play after-school sports.
Of these two sentences, which would make the better thesis? Which one is arguable and has multiple points of view? Example two is the better thesis because it is an argument. Example one is a fact. It is not arguable.
Your task is to craft a thesis statement that clearly and concisely states your argument. Do not use first or second personâ€”keep your thesis statement objective by using third person and excluding any personal opinions.
After you present your thesis statement, provide at least one paragraph explaining why your thesis statement is argumentative and how you can support your thesis statement throughout your paper. Though not all debates are so black and white as to have only two sides, you should aim to identify at least two sides of the issue at hand (both the side represented by your thesis statement, and at least one other). Then, discuss a few potential supporting points you could develop within the body of your paper and back up with information from your research.
By Saturday, May 23, 2015, post your thesis statement and explanation paragraph to the Discussion Area.
By the end of the module, comment on at least two of your classmates’ submissions. Your replies to classmates should offer guidance regarding both the thesis statement itself and the plan for developing the thesis statement: is the thesis a single sentence that is neither too broad nor too narrow, not a question, not a feeling, and not a simple fact? Are the suggested supporting points logical and researchable? Are there any additional supporting or opposing points the student may have overlooked? Remember to utilize the information you have learned from this moduleâ€™s readings in your participation responsesâ€”do not simply react to the topics your classmates have posted. Each of your participation responses should be at least one paragraph in length.
You will be graded using the rubric provided below.