Category Archives: law

Thesis Statement Help

Writing an argumentative paper is a challenge for many people, but it is an important skill to learn.  What is an argumentative paper? Purdue university’s Online Writing Lab says:

An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/545/01

The argumentative paper needs a thoughtful and interesting thesis.  Examples of good and bad theses can be found at the U of T online writing help site:

http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/planning-and-organizing/thesis-statements

Building a thesis should start with planning.  Use this map to guide you:

http://www.northernhighlands.org/cms/lib5/NJ01000179/Centricity/Domain/223/WORKSHEET_Building_Your_Thesis_Map.pdf

Prison Documentaries

Happy Friday, everyone — and especially to Mrs. Ferry’s Grade 11 Law class.  Your Friday treat? Prison documentaries!  Check out some of the docs listed on the pdf below – they’re from nfb.ca, Learn360.com, and Documentary.net.    You will receive passwords and the nfb playlist url in class.

prison documentaries

Don’t forget the databases when you’re doing your research!  The Canadian Student Research Centre is a great place to start.