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1 The Sheridan Baker Thesis Machine

2 Step 1: TOPIC State the topic under consideration. cats freshman composition grades obesity

3 Topic What’s a better pet? Cats or dogs?

4 Step 2: ISSUE State the specific issue in the form of a debating proposition—a “this is what I believe” statement Resolved: Cats should be subject to leash laws. Resolved: Freshman composition should be abolished. Resolved: Grades are unnecessary in college. ________ is responsible for obesity

5 Step 2: Issue I believe _____ are better pets

6 Step 3: POSITION + RATIONALE Using a because?clause, convert the resolution into a sentence that states your position on the issue and provides a main rationale for that position. A “this is what I believe and this is why” statement Cats should be subject to leash laws because they are inveterate wanderers. Freshman composition should not be abolished because many freshmen are unpracticed writers. Grades are unnecessary in college because students learn more rapidly without them. __________ are responsible for obesity because…

7 Step 3: Position and Rationale I believe cats are better than dogs because they are more independent and don’t need to be walked.

8 Step 4: POLISH & QUALIFY (WASABI clause) Refine the rough thesis: Use WASABI and spice it up! add any qualifications and consider dropping overt use of because. W: Whether, While, When A: Although S: Since A: After B: Because I: If

9 Step 4: Polish and Qualify Although dogs are used to protect homes, cats and their independent, hunting nature makes them the better pet.

10 WASABI Because of the crowded nature of city life, the cat's instinctive wanderlust demands that it be restrained. Although gifted high school graduates should be exempt from freshman composition, most entering students need help in attaining college writing skills. Although there may be a legitimate need to evaluate the work of college students, the traditional grading system hinders learning and stifles creativity. While _________ share the responsibility of contributing to the obesity epidemic, ______________ are the most to blame and therefore bear the ultimate responsibility.

11 Step 5: REVERSE AND TEST Test your faith in the thesis and expose potential counter arguments by reversing your position. The cat's independent and adaptable nature makes it the only pet capable of living an unrestricted existence within the city. Although introductory composition may have remedial value for some students, most high school graduates possess writing skills sufficient for success in college courses. Traditional grading procedures may offend educational purists, but public school systems require pragmatic approaches to evaluation.


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