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Persuasive Essay: Thesis Statement and Gathering Resources Worksheet

Part 1: Thesis Statement

Assignment Directions:

Review “Thesis Statements” in the “Drafting the College Essay” section of “The Writing Process” media piece.

Create a thesis statement for your persuasive essay. Your thesis statement should be one sentence that includes three subtopics.

Write your thesis statement in the box below:

Thesis Statement Grading Criteria:

Consider the following questions when developing the thesis statement for your essay. These criteria will be applied when this assignment is graded. The answer to each of the five questions below should be yes if you have drafted a quality thesis statement.

1) Does the thesis statement respond to the writing prompt?

2) Did you take a position that others may oppose?

3) Is the thesis statement specific?

4) Does the thesis pass the “So what?” test?

5) Does the thesis statement not leave the reader with questions?

Part 2: Gathering Resources

Assignment Directions:

Review “Research and Sources” in the media piece “The Writing Process.”

Use the GCU elibrary to find three sources to use in your persuasive essay. Fill out the requested information in the table below about your sources.

Article 1

Article 2

Article 3

Title and Author(s)

Permalink (GCU Library permanent link)

Write a 50-word response to the following question:

How is this source relevant to your paper?

APA 6th Edition Reference and Citation

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