Case #4 Thesis Development Workshop

        Here are some premise-conclusion enthymemes taken from our basic case source.  Read each one and think about it for a moment.  Then, pick the most interesting one and free-write in response to it for three minutes.  What have you discovered about your response to its logic and thesis?  If you think this will lead to a paper you care about, continue to write for another five to ten minutes, at least, to develop your interest in what you have to say.  If not, pick another, better passage, and write for three minutes about its logic and thesis.  When you have discovered a passage whose logic and thesis interests you most, continue to write about it to produce a complete, printed draft that you will bring to the Friday rough-draft conferences.

Students responding to the U.S. Department of Education study:

Richard Restak, on overall safety and legal use  [Supply the presumed premise(s)]

Premises with implied conclusions [supply the conclusions] and conclusions with implied premises [supply the premise(s)]: