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I came across this passage from the novelist Nicholson Baker yesterday:

To find their way in American life, high-schoolers need to be able to speak English, to read, to listen to and respect other people’s opinions, to have a command of the basic elements of courtesy and, to a lesser extent, to write.

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Thesis Statements

Your Paper's Roadmap

by Abby Ponder

If you’ve ever taken any English class ever–or if you’ve written a paper in general, really–then you’ve probably heard of thesis statements. In fact, you’ve probably used them. 599 more words

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Advanced Outline Template for #Students and #Teachers of #English FREE @ EnglishEmporium.WordPress.com

My sophomores have been working on a fairly complex research paper lately, and I wanted them to incorporate at least six different quotes from three different sources in their final drafts. 55 more words

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TGC Workshop #1

Last week the Library and the Writing Center hosted the first of what we hope will be many workshops on academic writing and research for first year students.  493 more words


Class, Monday, 10/05

Essay Writing: Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences

Thesis statements (which can be 1-2 sentences) indicate the complex nature of the problem writers are interested in, challenge readers, and are supported with subarguments and evidence throughout your paper. 284 more words