Claim: A proposition you are attempting to prove.
Support: Facts or expert opinion used to support your claim.
Assumption: An underlying belief or principle about some aspect of the world and how it operates.
You will be using your thesis as the claim, and in the body you will provide the support. The assumption may be unstated, but it is implied within your paper.
For your assignment this week, develop a thesis (your claim) within your introduction, place your support in the body paragraphs, and provide a preliminary conclusion. Your conclusion will be updated for your final draft, based on what you have come up with in your support. Be sure to read through p. 129-138 well, to read about developing an argument, and Logos, Ethos and Pathos - techniques used to persuade and appeal to your audience. Facts alone will not convince your reader.
On page 149-169, review how you can develop your organizational plan, formulate an argument strategy and, lastly, draft and revise your Synthesis. The model Argument Synthesis can be used as a guide, based on the Virginia Tech articles ( on page 138-149).
Submit your Outline to the link below by Sunday at Midnight.
* From Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum, Laurence Behrens and Leonard J. Rosen