This thesis breaks down a) that the author is claiming to agree with Wilde, b) that the author will support that claim with examples from the American Revolution, and c) that the author will continually return to the idea that only deviance from the norm can change the norm. It says that disobedience is good but doesn’t mention Wilde.
It alludes to the idea that disobedient men and women made history but doesn’t mention progress.
After you’ve determined your thesis, use it as a jumping point to sketch a quick outline.
Then, follow your outline, bringing in your own concrete examples and evidence. A good argument builds as you move through the essay. Instead, the different points of the argument build off one another and work together to advance the author’s point.
This is not to say that you shouldn’t believe in what you are writing.
Only that you should remember that both sides are arguable, pick one, and stick to it. As Wilde claims, disobedience is a valuable human trait without which progress could not be made because, in situations like the American Revolution, it is only deviance from the norm that can change the norm.
Questions like the 2016 question seem so daunting, because how one feels about disobedience has ramifications.
It is a bigger question than students are used to encountering on an AP test.
It seemed obvious to them after a while.” Jobs sees creativity not as the art of making something completely new from scratch, but instead the art of connecting dots differently.
First, a student would have to argue why creativity is best thought of as making connections.