HOW TO WRITE A MICROTHEME:  A SHORT GUIDE


     The idea behind a microtheme is to present an argument about an assigned topic or question as clearly and concisely as possible, without sacrificing evidence to support the microtheme’s thesis.  In order to create such a concise argument, you should not concern yourself with crafting elaborate introductions and conclusions.  In fact, when complete, a microtheme should ideally have the feel of an outline created in sentence and paragraph form, with transition statements linking the main supporting points of an argument.

     It will be impossible for you to create a well-written microtheme in one draft, particularly because attempting to limit yourself to 500 words as you are discovering your ideas and the best way to support your thesis will likely prove difficult.  You should expect to revise your microtheme several times before you submit it, then, first to assure your essay has the organization and supporting points you want, next to eliminate extraneous points and ideas, and last to work on clarity and conciseness of word choice, etc.  I encourage you to follow the steps below as you work on each microtheme:

     A successful microtheme should do the following:       I strongly encourage you to make use of my office hours and the resources of the Writing Center as you work on your microthemes.  Remember that you will also have the opportunity to revise your microthemes for a better grade after they have been returned.  Revisions must be submitted no more than one week after the original return of the paper to be considered.

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