Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lecture 12: In-Class Position Paper

As you know, today is the day we complete our position papers in class. On Tuesday you had the opportunity to read and brainstorm. Your homework was to come prepared to today's class with any reference information or other resources (dictionary, computer, books) that will help craft your response essay.

Remember your essay should be well structured with an introduction, body paragraphs and a conclusion which sums up your final thoughts and thesis statement. We've practised using transitions so be sure to link your paragraphs together. If they flow clearly, your argument will be obvious to your reader.

It is especially important to include both evidence of your position AND a dissenting opinion. Remember, including an opposing view and then dismissing it (in a logical way - without pathos) serves to strengthen your own stance.

A reminder about the assignment:

Due: End of Thursday’s Class
Length: 5-8 Well Formed Paragraphs (2-3 pages), You may have more than 3 overall points to your argument, but you should not have fewer.
Style: Formal
Audience: Academic
Additional: Remember to use MLA style for references, include page numbers and your name on each page (top right header)

Refer to your Graphic Organisers, Notes, Text books, Dictionaries

Note: Image is from Graffiti Black Book here.

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