Compose Yourself! A Guide to Critical Thinking & Analytical Writing in Secondary School supports teaching critical thinking and analytical writing at the secondary level, across content area. This resource includes step-by-step processes, many examples, writing checklists, helpful tips, and black-line masters. It is perfect for teachers, parents, and students who want to strengthen their thinking and writing skills, better learn and retain information, and improve overall academic performance. After using this guide, students will be able to write clear, concise, analytical texts.
“Abdominal obesity is linked to the development of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. All these factors lead to atherosclerosis or the hardening of the arteries leading to stroke or heart attack. However, studies show that smoking alone can lead to atherosclerosis by harming the inner lining of your blood vessels and arteries and it also increases bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowers good cholesterol (HDL). Patients under 50 years old who suffer from heart attacks are smokers. Therefore, even if you lose that weight you are in no better condition if you have not quit smoking yet. Nevertheless, studies also show that those who quit smoking may gain extra pounds in a few months but can lose them all after six months, and are guaranteed to look, feel and smell a lot better than before.”
There should be a strong connection between your conclusion and your introduction. All the themes and issues that you raised in your introduction must be referred to again in one way or another. If you find out at this stage that your thesis has not tackled an issue that you raised in the introduction, you should go back to the introduction and delete the reference to that issue. An elegant way to structure the text is to use the same textual figure or case in the beginning as well as in the end. When the figure returns in the final section, it will have taken on a new and richer meaning through the insights you have encountered, created in the process of writing.