The Synthesis Assignment
You are going to use the following articles to synthesize
1. The Dying Lake by Micklin (in your course pack, page 65)
2. The Time article Dying for a Drink by Walsh (in your course pack, page 69)
3. An academic source of your own
1 Tunguska is a region in central Siberia, part of a sparsely populated and wooded area. On
June 30, 1908, an unusual and mysterious event made Tunguska the focus of the science
world. At 7:17 in the morning, there was an explosion in the air abo
WRITING A THESIS STATEMENT
The thesis is the short answer to your research question.
This sentence tells the point you want to make in your
An effective thesis has the following qualities:
It states the focus or what you will say about the topic
ESLN 400 ESSAY AND CRITICAL THINKING
VOCABULARY LIST (191 words)
The vocabulary below is drawn from the readings in the course pack.
This is the symbol for a paragraph: . The number after the symbol indicates the paragraph in
which you will find the word
ARTICLES: Complete the sentences with a/an, the, or [= nothing].
beef is a kind of
_ _beef we had for dinner last night was excellent.
Jim is wearing _str
Additional Logical Fallacies
A question-begging phrase = presents something as certain
that is open to debate
"It is obvious that"
A complex question (loaded question) = contains one or
more unproven assumptions:
"Are you still spending t
Thesis Statement: Harry Potter is a big success because it is a fantasy book that
permits the reader to escape from the real worlds, that also permits the reader to
identify to characters, and which was helped by a commercial craze.
I. Escaping from real
PREPOSITION COMBINATIONS (1) Test 2
Adopted from Understanding and Using English Grammar with Answer Key, by Betty Azar
(Be) absent from
(Be) accused of
(Be) accustomed to
(Be) acquainted with
(Be) addicted to
(Be) afraid of
(Be) angry at, with
Emotionally loaded terms
Emotional appeals are legitimate but in academic writing, they should
not be the ONLY means of persuasion.
Ad Hominem Argument
The writer rejects opposing views by attacking against the person who