Warm Up Thinking about your topic what are some sub-topics you can identify to research today for your graduation paper? Identify at least three to share! Example my topic is Ebola One subtopic may be the recent epidemic or history of the disease Second subtopic may be causes and symptoms and causes of the epidemic Third subtopic may be research and findings on the disease treatment Fourth subtopic may be current medical treatments and testing options
Thesis practice Determine first what kind of paper you are writing: An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience. An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause- and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.
Expository vs. argumentative Which should you write? Do you want to just explore your topic and teach somebody about it. Then you choose expository. So for example if you choose as your topic the spread of Ebola in the world today. Your expository essay would define the disease, would show the history of the disease, the effects of the disease and possible treatments. NO OPINIONS.
Expository vs. argumentative Do you want to offer an effective solution to a known problem? Then you are writing an argumentative paper. Your paper will still define the disease and talk briefly about its history and treatment. But educating yoru audience will not be its focus. Your focus is to persuade your audience to believe your claim. You know what argumentation looks like because we’ve done it. BUT, you cannot just offer up your opinions. The research you do is your evidence.
Expository thesis Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement: The Ebola virus is characterized by widespread effects on a population, the contagious nature of the disease and its deadly effects which thus far are defying treatments. The paper that follows should: Explain how the disease effects a population, how it is contracted by a patient and how it is treated by the medical community. NOTE: this “three-part” thesis is easy to follow and gives clarity to your paper. I strongly encourage you to follow this formula. What question would that thesis start with? (This is your essential question that you are answering.) What are the characteristics Ebola virus? So, what is your topic? I will give you a question that you will turn into a thesis.
Argumentative thesis Example of an argumentative thesis statement: Due to the virulent nature of the Ebola virus, the medical should aggressively treat with non-FDA approved drugs will aid in stopping the disease and preventing future outbreaks. NOTE: This is not your opinion. This is supported by research. It doesn’t say, after all, IMO. The paper that follows should: Present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that the medical community should use non-FDA approved drugs to stop the spread.. What question would that thesis start with? Should the methods the medical community use be more aggressive in treating Ebola?
Library day Use today to add clarity and focus to your thesis statement. You should decide what kind of paper you’re writing. Move from you general topic to the specific issues you will discuss in your paper. Your goal: find an example of a works cited page (may I recommend you use Purdue OWL to find this information?). Follow its format when creating your working bib (due next week). Note cards? On your note cards, write the name of your source and URL if applicable. Briefly summarize what the source contained. So you will 10-15 note cards.
Last things Easy bib: Let’s look at this together http://www.easybib.com/ Due Thursday 9/25 with your paper checklist: You should have a working bib (MLA format) with 10-15 sources. 10-15 note cards. You might note use all those sources in your final paper. You must have URL on working bib.