Thesis Statement (Purdue OWL)
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Broad Topic: Terminology and self-image
Initial Question: How do terms applied to us affect our understanding of ourselves?
Narrower Question: "Can applying the term cripple to an individual cause them to accept a negative self-image?"
The easiest way to narrow the topic may be to look at a specific term, such as grandmother, crippled, beautiful, high-maintenance, or retarded. You may also choose a more active path and focus on a way to ensure that we do not allow applied terms to affect our self-image; however, this path will include proposing a program for which you will have to give significant details.
Element Requirements (from Syllabus)
Students are required to use two (2) sources from Writing on the River (“On Being a Cripple” and “Let’s Talk about Gender, Baby”), as well as at least two (2) additional outside sources, which may consist of books, articles, and/or newspaper articles that can be accessed through the library databases.
Length and Description: Write a persuasive argument essay with a minimun of 750 words (not including the Works Cited page).
Academic arguments call for the writer to take a stance on a certain topic and present a persuasive claim that is proven with academic evidence.
This essay must include:
- an arguable thesis.
- an interesting introduction (that leads your reader from common knowledge about the topic to your specific thesis).
- an academic summary of each source used.
- a minimum of three evidence paragraphs that directly support your thesis.
- a minimum of four relevant quotes (one from each required source).
- identifiable use of ethos.
- identifiable use of pathos.
- identifiable use of logos.
- identifiable mention of the kairotic moment this paper is addressing.
- a thought-provoking conclusion that seeks agreeance from your reader.
- MLA citation style elements.
- properly formatted pages.
- the grammar and mechanics expectations of Standard American English.
- an MLA Works Cited page with properly constructed citations.
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Guide by T. Houck adapted by L. Young