Arts and Social Science introductions
Philosophy theme: Plato on democracy
Critically discuss Plato's criticism of democracy. (2000 words, from a 200-level philosophy paper).
Balancing the structure
What we like about this excerpt is the balance between the hook (opening statement), the thesis or argument, and the roadmap (the statement of intention - how the writer intends to argue the thesis).
Each contains approximately the same number of words, with seamless transitions between the introduction's three sections.
Writing fingerprint: A person's writing style (even within a structured genre like academic writing) is as distinctive as a fingerprint. This student uses fairly dense sentences, and ambitious vocabulary, which she controls with careful use of punctuation.
Question: What features of your writing make it unique to you?
- First, use the buttons on the right to guide you through the lesson. Read the excerpt and look at the notes provided.
- Complete the short activity.
- Finally, feel welcome to contact Student Learning either personally, or via the Moodle writing forum to discuss your writing (University of Waikato students only).