Master Class in Argument: 4 Key Topics

Dr. Morillo


I.                   Thesis vs. Synthesisa) explicit relationships between ideas; coordination and subordination

b) Topic-Announcing vs. Claim-Staking theses

II.                 Two Costs of Clarity a) rework that conclusion b) undue simplicity and inefficiency

III.              Point Placement a) in the introduction b) in the Body Paragraphs

IV.             Your Textís Order: Primary Sequential vs. Secondary Topical Structures




Williams, Joseph and Gregory Colomb.A Guide to Teaching the Craft of Argument. New York: Longman, 2001. Print.

Williams, Joseph. Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. 5th ed. New York: Longman, 1997. Print.