Supporting Your Thesis

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Supporting your thesis
In the essay, “Tween: Ten Going on Sixteen’’, the author Kay S. Hymowitz explains that children somewhere between the ages of eight and 12, also known as tweens, considering themselves to be more mature at a younger age. These tweens are changing out their childish belongings, and implementing for items that make the child appear more socially acceptable to older crowds; these tweens trade their child-like behaviors for those of a more appealing, mature adolescent or adults. Hymowitz uses several strategies to approach the article but not all strategies work to her advantage. Hymowitz begins the article with a personal experience of her ten year old daughter and how she “morphs” from being a child to a teenager. She explains the different behaviors her daughter possesses as a result of this. Opening the essay with this paragraph grabs the reader’s attention. The use of a personal example to show the transition from childhood to teenage years through one’s personal experience can foretell the reader’s with what they can expect when reading the rest of the article. In the same paragraph Hymowitz uses words such as “mysteriously, glowering, and threatening,” to keep the reader intrigued about what the author is trying to imply about the daughters’ “rite of passage”. The author’s choice of words gives the article a negative implication; this negative association brings concern to the audience, who happen to be the parents of their own tweens.

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Due to the word choice of the first section in the article the author changes the tone of the article. For example, Hymowitz uses phrases like “adorable puppy posters” to “grateful dead souls”. This change in tone gives the tweens parents the idea that their child could be doing or going through a similar thing. Hymowitz does a good job of creating this concern by adding phrases and words like this because after reading it, parents are concerned...
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