Steven Posusta – who taught writing at UCLA – has created the formula  ‘The Instant Thesis Maker’, as part of a writing course. This is the formula.

One Argument Formula


1. Although….

(general statement, opposite opinion)


2. nevertheless….

(thesis, your idea)


3. because….

(examples, evidence, #1, #2, #3 etc.)

When using the formula, what will you get? An example of Posusta:

‘Although Posusta’s Instant Thesis Maker is reductive and pedagogically problematic, nevertheless it distills the requirements of academic discourse to an easily understood essence that can be useful to students struggling with their articles because it forces the students to engage in a debate and to provide proofs in one sentence.’

And that’s how it is!

Let me know what you think about this formula!

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