Category Archives: Writing tools (non-fiction)

2010 Synthesis

Consider these notes toward writing a synthesis. Here are two examples of synthesis extracted from longer essays. As we read the first one, consider these questions. What phrases let readers know two sources are being synthesized? Quote three. What language would … 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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