Week 5: Confucianism: Religion or Social Constructionism?

  1. Reading for this week is Confucianism: The Way of Propriety pgs. 101-130, Stephen Prothero and pgs. 111-113 Introduction to Confucianism pgs. 119-131 (sections 6-13) Novak.
  2. Avoid summaries and give me well written persuasive offerings as you have been.
  3. Refer to the links of writing strong thesis statements. That is still mission one.
  4. Please underline your thesis statement and provide a word count for your WRs.

Tips on Writing a Persuasive Essay

  1. Choose a position.
  2. Express that opinion in a thesis statement.
  3. Create an outline of your argument.
  4. You can describe opposing views and then refute with supporting evidence
  5. Consider various ways to make your argument. (Analogy, Comparisons.)
  6. Write a 1st draft.
  7. Get your thoughts down in clear sentences. (Spelling, punctuation, subject/tense

agreement, avoid colloquial expressions)

  1. Evaluate and perhaps rewrite your thesis statement.
  2. Write a 2nd draft.
  3. Revise and reorganize to present your argument in a logical flow.

If you’re stuck on your thesis statement, email me and we will work on it.

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