Chapter 3

Mapping the Controversy

By the time you get to Chapter 3 of Controversies, you'll have learned about a variety of different viewpoints within your controversy. Next, you'll learn to synthesize these into a controversy map and write a paper which lays out the various arguments within your controversy.

 Synthesis resources

Bringing together multiple conflicting viewpoints is tough, but this handout from Bowling Green State University can help.

Paper-writing resources

A great thesis statement is at the heart of every great paper. Here's the UWC handout on thesis statements.

Your introduction and conclusion will help your reader get an idea of the scope of your controversy. Here's the UWC handout on intros and conclusions.

You'll also want to ensure the different viewpoints flow together, which means writing beautiful transitions. Here's the UWC handout on transitions to get you started.