Paper 1 Workshop

Paper #1: Workshops

Your Name ____________________________

Author’s Name _________________________


Part One: The Problem Statement

I. Parts of the Problem Statement

Find the elements of a prototypical (conceptual) problem statement in the introduction to this essay. Label them on the page, and then list them here.

1) What is the status quo?




2) What is the conceptual problem? (What question does the paper ask?)




3) What are the costs of leaving this question unanswered? Alternatively, what are the benefits of answering this question?




4) What is the solution to this problem? (Does the author offer an answer or tentative answer to the question? Is this answer in the launching point?)




II. Evaluating the Thesis Statement

Ask yourself the following questions:

1) Is the thesis supported? (Is it too broad? Is there enough evidence to support the thesis?)

If not, how would you change it?



2) Is it precise? (Is the language clear and specific? Does the reader get a good idea of where the argument is going to go?)

If not, how would you change it?

Part Two: The Argument

I. Parts of Argument

Ask the following questions of the essay. If you find answers to these questions, point to them on the page. I want to know exactly where the author responds to these questions, so quote specific sentences and phrases.

1) What does the author think? (Claim)




2) Why does she think that? (Reasons)




3) How does she know her reasons are true? Do you accept these reasons? (Evidence)




4) Why does she think her reasons and evidence really support her thesis? Do they? (Warrants)




5) But what about alternative views? Can you think of contrary evidence or objections that the author has not discussed? (Acknowledgment and Response)




II. Evaluating the Argument

1) Does the argument meet the reader’s expectations? (Does the solution offered in the introduction match the solution offered in the conclusion?



2) Tell us something the author did well in her argument:



3) Tell us something the author needs to work on in her argument: