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Subject: Writing

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I'm not exactly sure where to start when it comes to writing an argumentative essay. How do I create a strong thesis that builds up my argument?

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A strong argumentative essay is one that features clear organization, accurate research, and a logical narrative that flows from beginning to end. An essay with the structure of an introduction, a thesis statement, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion can teach students how to present a central claim concisely and confidently, while also incorporating strong textual and credible evidence. Your introductory paragraph is the expository part of your argument: it outlines the question that you seek to answer within the following bodies of text. The thesis statement, which usually comes at the end of the introductory paragraph, expresses the answer to the aforementioned question by putting forth a statement that asserts your conclusions about a given subject. A clear, on-topic, and concise thesis statement can make or break an argumentative essay. You need a clear thesis statement in order to effectively communicate the point of your essay to your readers. Moreover, developing a strong thesis statement involves taking an argumentative stance towards a particular issue or topic, which is then defended throughout the rest of the paper. A good thesis statement is bold and to the point. When writing your thesis statement, you need to express one idea that asserts an answer to the question that you are interested in exploring while simultaneously justifying your position through logical rationale as well. For example, one example of a poor thesis statement for an essay about climate change is "Global warming is bad." This thesis statement is problematic because it does not specify why global warming is bad nor does it justify discussion that can be refuted with facts. While it does take a stand, it fails to justify discussion or follow through with any particular threads. A better thesis statement would be, "Global warming is bad because it creates warm temperatures that cause disasters that lead to loss of life." This thesis statement is better, while still being weak because while it expresses a point and defense for this point, the relationship between the two ideas of global warming being detrimental and warm temperatures needs to be clearer. A strong thesis statement is, "Because global warming encourages more frequent and severe weather internationally, the increasing number of droughts, intense storms, and floods pose severe existential threats to humans, plants, and animals alike." This is a strong thesis because it shows how the two ideas (cause and effect in this instance) are related, in a way that is clear, argumentative, and precise.

Subject: Music

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What is Lydian mode?

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Rachel P.
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The Lydian mode is a scale that begins on the fourth scale degree of a major scale. This scale begins with three whole tones, followed by a semitone, then two whole tones, and a final semitone. This mode comes after Ionian, Dorian, and Phrygian mode. The Lydian scale for C Major would be F-G-A-B-C-D-E-F. In Lydian mode, the tonic, dominant, and supertonic triads are all major. The sound of a Lydian mode scale is typically haunting, melodic, and eerie. Bjork's song, "Possibly Maybe" is a great example of the use of Lydian mode.

Subject: English

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What does foreshadowing do as a literary device?

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Authors use foreshadowing within a story in order to indicate the possibility of a future event. Authors may use a versatile range of signs, symbols, or other descriptive imagery in works of fiction or drama in order to prepare readers for events that will occur later in the work. Foreshadowing is a crucial tool for authors, as it enables the build up dramatic tension and anticipation for the progress of the narrative. Authors use foreshadowing in order to create an atmosphere of suspense that compels the story forward. For example, in a story where a pipe bursts and causes a flood, the author may write a scene where the family views a water spot on the ceiling, but chooses to ignore it. Foreshadowing invokes character dialogues, plot events, and changes in setting to set up and resolve future scenes.

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