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Assignment | Essay (Reeves): Writing

Spring 2019 | ENGL 1302 | Prof. Reeves



Thesis statements should be:

  • Specific - lay out exactly the arguments/reasons you're using in your thesis
  • Contestable - if you can find a definitive yes/no answer within a few minutes of Google searching, it's not arguable enough
  • Narrow - not about all of privacy ever, but this little sliver of a privacy issue in this particular time and society
  • Provable - or at least something you can persuasively argue.



Purpose: You're trying to convince and/or persuade.

Audience: Your audience may agree with you on this issue already, be undecided, or be opposed to your stance.

Tone: You want to sound both authoritative and believable as well somewhat passionate and involved.

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