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Instructor's Note

The position paper required students to defend a position about a film of their choice from a group of instructor-selected films. Though the thesis did not have to be limited to one sentence, it was required to state the student’s position and to forecast the paper’s direction. Students were to incorporate various kinds of evidence and to acknowledge and counter opposing arguments. In her paper Leah Rachel chose to defend Avatar against claims of implicit racism. Locate her thesis, and notice how its “forecast” section actually outlines the paper’s organization and development. Note also how Leah Rachel carefully explains and then refutes opposing arguments before establishing support for her position about the film. Stylistically, Leah Rachel’s paper is replete with vivid word choices: circle some of those that you find especially strong.

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About the Author

Leah Rachel Bode will be a senior nursing major at Cedarville University. After graduating, she hopes to pursue midwifery and one day serve God as a medical missionary. She loves the Lord, babies, friends and scrapbooking.



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