Day 26: What is your roadmap telling you about your argument, or vice versa?

This post is from the 30-day reflective writing series I made for Academic Writing Month (November 2018). For background on the series and links to all the videos, visit this page. To turn on subtitles: On a computer, hover at the bottom of the video window to make the row of icons appear; click on the “settings” icon (which looks like a cog), and select “Subtitles.” On a phone, the “subtitles” icon is in the bottom right corner of the screen.


  • An argument roadmap is like an extended thesis statement. In an article, the roadmap is usually one paragraph appearing at the end of the introduction section, while in a book, the roadmap is usually a sequence of paragraphs appearing near the end of the introduction chapter.

  • The roadmap is an important piece of argument scaffolding where you tell the reader the main point of your argument and how the argument will unfold. The reader can use the roadmap as a touchstone, returning to it over and over while navigating your argument as a whole.

  • Like a thesis statement, a roadmap is usually not finalized until late in the writing process, requiring tweaks and refinements as the the argument itself develops. With today’s reflection, consider what your current roadmap suggests about how to develop your draft. Or if your draft is better developed than your roadmap at the moment, consider how your draft can help you refine your roadmap.

Posted on November 25, 2018 and filed under #AcWriMo, reflection questions.