An Example

 

Suppose my thesis was:

 

Schools should switch to tablets instead of textbooks because tablets are more practical, better for the environment and give all students practical use in current technologies.

 

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Outline:

 

 


Transition: One reason

Topic sentence: tablets are more practical than traditional paper books.

Evidence: USA Today- “they're pretty much outdated the minute they're printed and certainly by the time they're delivered. The bottom line is that the iPads will give our kids a chance to use much more relevant materials."

Explain: * Textbooks take so long to create, print and deliver, they become obsolete.

                *iPads can be easily and constantly updated


Evidence: USA Today- “interactive programs to demonstrate problem-solving in math, scratchpad features for note-taking and bookmarking, the ability to immediately send quizzes and homework to teachers, and the chance to view videos or tutorials on everything from important historical events to learning foreign languages.

 

*iPads can be used in all classrooms not just one like textbooks

*iPads can be used to teach different kinds of learners (visual, audio, kinesthetic, etc..) as well as special needs with programs and apps


Counterclaim: iPads are expensive to give to each student.

Counter argument: yes but after the initial investment, it cost less money to update and replace, as well as saving money on paper.

 

Example Paragraph

 

 

One reason schools should switch to tablets is that tablets are much more practical than traditional textbooks. USA Today points out in their article “Many U.S. schools adding iPads, trimming textbooks”, that textbooks are “pretty much outdated the minute they're printed and certainly by the time they're delivered. The bottom line is that the iPads will give our kids a chance to use much more relevant materials". The textbooks take so long to be created, printed and delivered that they are obsolete almost as soon as the first students are finally able to read them. Tablets can be electronically updated very easily without having to replace the entire device and they can be updated with current information on a regular basis instead of when the school saves up the money. Tablets are also practical because each device can multitask in different classes and for students with various needs with “interactive programs to demonstrate problem-solving in math, scratchpad features for note-taking and bookmarking, the ability to immediately send quizzes and homework to teachers, and the chance to view videos or tutorials on everything from important historical events to learning foreign languages” (USA Today). Traditional textbooks are generally useful in only one class. A student does not use his math book in his history class, and so each student will need one book per class. The tablets would be used in every class, making it much more efficient. The tablets would also be able to teach all types of learners (such as visual, audio, kinesthetic, etc…) and students with learning disabilities with the programs available.

Some people would say that giving every student a tablet would be too much money for schools to spend. While buying the tablets would be very expensive at first, eventually the school would be able to save money since they would not have to replace textbooks to give their students updated curriculum. They would also save an immense amount of money since they would not have to spend nearly as much money on paper for class assignments. Eventually they would be saving money.