Category Archives: Writing tools (non-fiction)

2010 Synthesis

Here are two examples of synthesis extracted from longer essays. Answer these questions about them: What phrases let readers know two sources are being synthesized? Quote three. What language would you not use when writing a synthesis given your audience? … Continue reading

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Proposals and urgency

Consider these examples of early paragraphs in proposal essays.

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Final proposal planning

With the reading for today in mind, do the following. State your tentative thesis. Notice, from 364, “Come up with a tentative thesis that identifies the problem and proposes a solution. Use this statement to guide you as you write.” … Continue reading

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2010 Project Proposal

Your text book includes an example of our first assignment. Here is a PDF.

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Responding to objections and counterarguments

From The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing, consider these strategies for responding to objections and counterarguments.

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Writing Commons

Consider exploring the Writing Commons website. It’s full of interesting ideas.

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Graff and Birkenstein’s “Skeptics May Object”

“Skeptics May Object” is a chapter from Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein’s They Say I Say. I recommend it for students writing arguments in my classes.

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