In this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s readings and Learning Activities, you focused on choosing a topic, narrowing it down, and crafting a thesis statement. For this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Discussion, respond to the following questions in at least two well-developed paragraphs:
Tell the class about a community issue that you have some knowledge of and would like to try and improve. Who are the people in your community most affected by this issue (key stakeholders)? Who in the community is in the best position to bring about a change? What challenges have kept them from solving this problem already?
Share your preliminary thesis statement.
Share the thesis that you created in the Ã¢â‚¬Å“
Writing Your Problem-Solution Thesis
Ã¢â‚¬Â Learning Activity.
In your thesis, be sure to identify your target audience, a concrete action the audience can take to solve the problem [solution], and a reason for action [problem/benefit].
Example: The San Antonio School District [target audience] should provide every high school student with an electronic tablet [solution] because this will encourage more learning outside of the classroom, increase mastery of skills, and increase college acceptance rates [benefit].
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry about getting your thesis perfect this week. At this stage, your thesis is more of a hypothesis that needs to be tested and refined as you dig further into the problem you will attempt to solve.
Finally, wrap your post up with an open-ended question.
For an extra challenge in your peer feedback this week, try to determine the underlying assumption of your classmateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thesis by using what you learned from the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Enthymeme sectionÃ¢â‚¬Â of the
Logical Argument Tutorial
and then tell the class if you agree with the assumption or if you have some concerns with it. Those concerns can help your peers fine-tune the thesis statement. Hint: To determine the assumption (major premise), you can replace the Ã¢â‚¬Å“actionÃ¢â‚¬Â in the solution part of the thesis with Ã¢â‚¬Å“somethingÃ¢â‚¬Â and the word Ã¢â‚¬Å“becauseÃ¢â‚¬Â with Ã¢â‚¬Å“if.Ã¢â‚¬Â The minor premise is the problem statement.
Example: The San Antonio School District should provide every high school student with an electronic tablet because this will encourage more learning outside of the classroom, increase mastery of skills, and increase college acceptance rates.
Major premise: The San Antonio School District should do something if it encourages more learning outside of the classroom, increases mastery of skills, and increase college acceptance rates.
Minor Premise: Tablets encourage learning outside of the classroom, increase mastery of skills, and increase college acceptance rates.
All Discussion posts and responses to peers should be written in complete sentences using Standard English. Before posting, proofread for grammar, spelling, and word-choice issues. Be sure to respond fully to every aspect of the Discussion.
When you refer to concepts from the unitÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Reading, be sure to use a signal phrase like Ã¢â‚¬Å“According to . . .[name of reading].Ã¢â‚¬Â If you are directly quoting the Reading or another source, be sure to use quotation marks and cite the source using proper APA in-text citations and full references. See the Purdue Global Writing Center
for resources on APA citation formatting.