English chapter 6, developing and supporting the thesis
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what's a thesis statement
a thesis statement is the main point of the essay. It is usually stated in a single sentence.
an effective thesis will
- introduce narrowed topic.
-reveal what your essay is about.
-state the point you will make about that topic.
developing your thesis statement
-expect your thesis statement to evolve during prewriting.
-expect to do research to revise your thesis.
-expect to revise your thesis as you draft and revise your essay.
overview of the writing process
prewriting, developing your thesis statement, supporting your thesis statement with evidence, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading.
synthesize ideas to generate a working thesis statement
coming up with a working thesis statement involves reviewing your prewriting to determine how your ideas fit together.
steps to adopt the process of your learning style
reread your prewriting, identified details and put them together to see how they link.
decide which groups of ideas best represent the focus of your paper
sometimes a group of details will be enough for a working thesis.
consider if you have enough relevant details
if list is too thin, you may not have enough details to come up with a working thesis. Delete any details that don't work and use prewriting to generate more.
an effective thesis
-makes an assertion rather than stating the facts.
-is specific: provide as much information as possible about your main point.
focus on one central point
limit your essay to one major idea
offer an original perspective on your topic
it your thesis seems dull or ordinary, it probably needs revision. Search your prewriting for an angle on your topic.
avoid making an announcement
don't use phrases such as: "This essay will discuss" or "The subject of my paper is''
use your thesis to preview the organization of the essay
considered using your thesis to mention the 2 or 3 points of your essay.
placing the thesis statement
your thesis statement can appear anywhere in your essay, but it is best to place it in the first paragraph as part of your introduction.
using an implied thesis
in some professional writings, such as narrative writings or descriptive essays, the writer may not stay the thesis directly.
support your thesis statement with evidence
evidence is any type of information such as examples, and anecdotes, facts, statistics and expert opinions that will convince your reader.
your writing situation
your purpose, your audience, your point of view, your genre and medium.
choosing the best evidence
-make sure that is relevant.
-provide specific evidence.
-offer a variety of evidence.
-provide sufficient amount of evidence.
-provide representative evidence.
-provide accurate evidence from reliable sources.
choosing evidence for academic writing
your personal experiences and opinion will not be more useful than facts statistics and historical background.
incorporating visuals to an essay
visuals can complement and support your ideas.
-support the purpose of your writing point of view.
-appeal to your readers.
-are appropriate to the genre and medium.
-complement and enhance the meaning of your writing.
-are easy to undertand .
using sources to support your thesis
for many topics, you will need to conduct research, to collect enough evidence to support your thesis.
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