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Argument Haiku

posted: 11.6.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the sections of the handbook on developing and revising a thesis and on wordiness or conciseness. Then have each student express her or his thesis as a haiku (5 syllables / 7 syllables / 5 syllables). For example:

Balinese cockfight
And American football.
Texts of culture both.

This is not an easy exercise, but it’s a great way to have students focus on the core of what they want their papers to say, in its most condensed form.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Grammar & Style, Revising, Thesis Statement
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