Planning and Drafting

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Test yourself on the concepts discussed in the video above using the self-grading quiz questions below.

Your thesis statement is usually found at the end of your essay because you build up to it.

Which of the following is the most complete version of a thesis statement?

Analyze Some Examples

We want to give you examples of students' writing processes so you can see what they look like. Read the situation; then, read each example and answer the questions that follow it.

The Situation

Dr. Downey is interested in finding out how students feel about the state legislature removing public colleges from the list of "gun-free" zones. He also wants students to justify why they fell the way they do. He has asked students to write a potential thesis statement that includes reasons they can support with details in a paragraph or so.

Cyd's Response to the Writing Situation from Professor Downey

Campuses should stay gun-free zones because having fewer guns on campus will keep students and faculty safer and likely prevent unnecessary deaths from gun violence.

Questions about Cyd's's Response to the Writing Situation from Dr. Downey

This thesis statement has a topic and main ideas.

Cyd will most likely write body paragraphs about

Toni's Response to the Writing Situation from Professor Downey

Students should be allowed to carry guns on campus because it will create a greater sense of safety and give students the opportunity to stop an attack asi it happens.

Questions about Toni's Response to the Writing Situation from Dr. Downey

Toni has a complete thesis statement.

Toni will likely write four body paragraphs, each one discussing one of the main ideas she mentioned in her thesis statement.

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