Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Go over the writing tips I sent last week
Show what you know – use a combination of examples from lectures, section,
your own insights to show that you’ve studied for the example. While it should be
appropriate for the topic at hand, basing your arguments on these points will strengthen your
essay and show that you understand the material. Think about how you can adapt some of the
points to fit your argument. Oftentimes, the hardest part of Political Science courses is being
able to express what you know coherently through writing.
For the short answer questions, do not write a whole essay, but make sure to touch
on the significance of the terms. Spend about 5 minutes on each one at the maximum.
You will not be evaluated on your grammar. Obviously, the essay must be
readable but the most important part is that you develop and support your thesis statement.
Essay questions may be worded differently from the syllabus but should contain
the central themes of each topic.
In his famous book entitled Understanding Media, Marshall McLuhan coined the famous
phrase, "The medium is the message."