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  1. 1. Write about a time you broke a rule. This can be major or minor. What were the consequences of your actions? Rosa Parks Dec 1, 1955 Henry David Thoreau 1849 Occupy Wall Street 2012
  2. 2. Find your warm-up from yesterday on the podium and respond to the following on the back: Do you think the government has too much control? If you answer yes, then explain what they have too much control over and how they have too much control If you answer no, then explain what areas the government should take more control over and why.
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  4. 4. Essay Topic: Civil Disobedience: Past, Present, Future Past Present Future
  5. 5. The thesis statement is that sentence or two in your text that contains the focus of your essay and tells your reader what the essay is going to be about. The lack of a thesis statement may well be a symptom of an essay beset by a lack of focus. Many writers think of a thesis statement as an umbrella: everything that you carry along in your essay has to fit under this umbrella, and if you try to take on packages that don't fit, you will either have to get a bigger umbrella or something's going to get wet. What is a thesis statement? The thesis statement should remain flexible until the paper is actually finished.
  6. 6. Determine what kind of paper you are writing: · An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience. · An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience. · An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided. Creating a Thesis Statement:
  7. 7. Example of an analytical thesis statement: An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds. The paper that follows should: · explain the analysis of the college admission process · explain the challenge facing admissions counselors
  8. 8. Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement: The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers. The paper that follows should: · explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers
  9. 9. Example of an argumentative thesis statement: High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness. The paper that follows should: · present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college
  10. 10. Requirements : 1. Must be at least 2 pages typed, double spaced, size 12 font 2. Paper should have correct sentence structure, exhibit basic grammar skills, and display correct punctuation. 3. Must contain a clear thesis statement and purpose. 4. Your paper should be in paragraph form with a clear and concise introduction and conclusion. If you uses any sources to assist you, include a works cited page. 5. You must have a title page which includes the title of your paper, your name, my name, and the date. Papers are due on March 20th!