Politics And Religion In America

A Thesis Development Micro Theme

The student learns to create an analytical focus for a topic through a series of questions.

QuestionsResponses for a Science TopicResponses for a History Topic
What is your topic?Effectiveness of cystic fibrosis drugs.U.S. culpability for not bombing and destroying the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
What is your stance on the topic? State this in a complete sentence.Tobramycin is the most efficient drug in treating cystic fibrosis.The United States could not have effectively targeted and destroyed Auschwitz directly.
Why do you [think] this? State your reasons in a “because” clause.Because it directly kills problem-causing bacteria, is easy to administer, and can be used on small children safely.Because the United States lacked the technological precision and intelligence necessary to destroy the camp’s death houses without also destroying many or most of the Jewish captives.
Now why would someone disagree with this? Use an “although” clause to state this opposing opinion.  Although drugs like Pulmozyme have the same effects with a different mechanism of decreasing the thickness of lung mucous,Although the United States possessed sufficient firepower and information to attack Auschwitz’s industrial sector,
Although” clause              + Stance on topic              + “Because” clause             = Complete thesis statement (may need to be revised or simplified)         Although drugs like Pulmozyme have the same effects with a different mechanism of decreasing the thickness of lung mucous, Tobromycin is the most efficient drug in treating cystic fibrosis because it directly kills problem-causing bacteria, is easy to administer, and can be used small children safely.Although the United States possessed sufficient firepower and information to attack Auschwitz’s industrial sector, it could not have effectively targeted and destroyed Auschwitz directly because it lacked the technological precision and intelligence necessary to destroy the camp’s death houses without also destroying many or most of the Jewish captives.

Chart from Hedengren, Beth Finch. A TA’s Guide to Teaching Writing in All Disciplines. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004. 39-40.

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