ATNOR an organizational technique for On-Demand Writing
A – audience – Who is expected to read this writing?
T – topic – the broad, general topic
N – narrow topic – this includes the topic and the writer’s position on the topic (often that means – Are you for, in favor of, or against, opposed to, the proposed action of the topic?
O – objections – If another person disagrees with the writer’s position, what would be the explanations
(or reasons) given for that disagreement. This will be the opposite side of the writer’s reasons.
R – reasons – three reasons why the action proposed by the writer should be taken
Thesis= N+R – narrow topic plus the three reasons
A- the Clinton County Board of Education
T – school uniforms
N – There should be school uniforms
O – there should NOT be school uniforms because 1) they inhibit student self-expression, 2) could be
hard to find the required clothing, 3) it would be more expensive
R – there should be school uniforms because 1) there are less behavior problems with uniforms, 2) there
is a greater sense of school unity, and 3) all students look similar thus avoiding the status differences
of designer clothes verses non designer clothes
Thesis – There should be school uniforms because there are less behavior problems with uniforms, there
is a greater sense of school unity, and all students look similar thus avoiding the status differences of
designer clothes verses non designer clothes