Unit 1 Culminating Activity

By , January 5, 2021 2:46 pm

Paragraph Writing

Writing is a balance of evidence and argument, a balanced see-saw.

Balanced, in theory.
  • When OUT of BALANCE
  • If your writing is evidence-heavy, it’s a LIST.
  • If your writing is argument-heavy, it’s a RANT.
  • You want a nice balance of both argument and evidence.


= the first sentence of your paragraph

There is no introduction before it.

TS = main argument + sub-topics described (not listed)

Here’s an example of a good topic sentence that follows the formula: 

Ideal writing is a balance of evidence and argument; evidence should be detailed, while argument should be explained. 

You’ll also notice that the TS above has a semi-colon (;). Ms. G is a fan of the semi-colon because it’s like having two sentences in one.

Another way to think about topic sentences is to have a strong position on a topic.


CHW3M_Paleo_Neo_Point_vs_Example (2)

Websites for Paleo/Neo Sites

search under news, newsletters, then choose a date and look under FINDS for material objects found

Gobekli Tepe (transitional between paleo and neo)

Gobekli Tepi articles

Continuity and Change Vocabulary

change: progress, evolve, develop, transition, expand, revolutionize, foresee, notice, adapt

continuity: remain, preserve, stay the same, slow

Avoid presentism: they were stupid and their technology was so backward compared to ours, they didn’t have technology, they didn’t use computers so they were stupid, they couldn’t figure out how to live like us

Tips to Improve Detail

include the location of the archaeological site and the date of the find.

What did the object look like? How big was it? What was it made out of? Where was it found? What could it have been used for? Think like an archaeologist describing what he/she has dug up!

Tips to Improve Arguments

Explain means make your thinking clear to the reader. I always say, “don’t just say it, explain it.” When improving your writing you must put yourself in someone else’s shoes in order to look at your own writing more objectively.  


I do not want multiple paragraphs;  I only asked for one. Your page limit is one page and a half, typed, double-spaced. That length is fine for an argumentative, detailed paragraph.

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