Read the following pages in Chapter 8 (Ramage, et al.):
- 177-181 (stop at the section on 'Informative Reports'),
- 182-185 (stop at the 'Informative Report Writing Project'),
- 187-190, the section on 'Informative Essay Using the Surprising Reversal Strategy Writing Project.'
Now complete the following activity.
Brainstorming for Surprising Reversal Topics
Try one or more of these exercises:
1. Set your timer for ten minutes and complete the following sentence in as many ways as possible, drawing on your own experience and knowledge:
I know more about _______________ than the average person.
2. Think about controversial issues that people argue about. You might look at a newspaper or listen to a radio or TV broadcast. Do you have a view that is different from others? Try to shape that into a surprising reversal thesis for your paper.
Categories: people, activities, places, jobs, hobbies, issues.
Now scan your lists. Do you know something about any of the items on your list that might surprise someone?
When you decide upon a topic, write a thesis statement using the surprising reversal pattern. Give the common view first and then give your surprising reversal. For example:
Most people think that English teachers lead dull, boring lives (common view), but in reality, English teachers lead exciting lives of non-stop action and adventure (surprising reversal).
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