Write a one- or two-paragraph argument in which you support ONE of the following claims, using evidence from personal experience, observations, or informal interviews.

  • Dogs make great pets because they are so friendly.
  • Cats make great pets because they are so independent.
  • Fish make great pets because watching them relaxes you.

(Note: Feel free to modify any of these claims by recasting the premise or the reason to your liking.)

Most of your microtheme should support the stated reason of the claim with specific evidence. However, you should also briefly defend the claim’s underlying assumption. The opening sentence should be the claim itself, which serves as your thesis statement.

Due Date: Wednesday, September 11

Writing Exercises

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