Hints for Writing a Strong Paper

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Hints for Writing a Strong Paper, and the Criteria Used in Grading Course Home Page Instructor's E-mai The following will help you write a good paper and outline the criteria I will use in grading. Develop your thesis Have an original and reasonable thesis. Your paper should encourage your reader to think in a new way. Here are things that you want your reader to say: "Cool! I never thought of that." "Hmmm, that's not how I read it, but interesting. Let me read on." The best papers I write usually stem from a genuine question I have about the text. This lets me know that I have something to work out and when I figure it out, I usually have something new to say that must be explained—a great thesis! Gather your evidence The thesis is an argument that you need to support with evidence from the primary source . This evidence should be specific. The best way to win any argument is to know your opposition's strongest argument, acknowledge it, and oppose it. You don't want your reader to spend the whole time disagreeing
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2008 for the course ENGL 121 taught by Professor Martinez during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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