Monday, November 20, 2017
Getting your first draft ready
the paper above is from a HONORS student (name withheld) in my spring 2016.
analysis (above): the thesis paragraph is the most important paragraph in your paper, this is the argument program you will follow. see how her draft has a short clear thesis divided into two or three points, four or six sentences. 1st point, explanation, second point, explanation (third point, explanation) and so on...
next, comes the counter paragraph. you do the same thing, only with a counterargument. the paragraph starts with "prohibitionists disagree," so the reader clearly understand "who is talking." same strategy. 1st point, explanation. second point, explanation (third point, explanation) and so on...
third paragraph is the thesis first point (medicinal marijuana to treat diseases such as glaucoma, anxiety, seizures, etc.). the difference is that the thesis is expanding and going in detail, with outside sources (in text citations, referring to the bibliography in the last page of the draft).
the fourth paragraph is the counter paragraph taking its first point. see that it begins with the right attribution "prohibitionists disagree," which informs the reader of "who's talking."
the subsequent paragraphs just follow the same dynamic until all the 6 points have been addressed.
then the thesis comes back with a conclusive paragraph wrapping up the discussion.
Here you have 3 different conclusion samples, taken from recent philosophy papers.