Project #37772 - Discussion

One of the foundations of a good essay is a strong and focused thesis statement. Generally, I think of a thesis as a claim that is supported by reasons. Each of the reasons corresponds to the sections of your essay. The claim is the position that you want to take on the issue. It is your brief, one sentence answer to your issue question. It needs to be supported by reasons and evidence. A reason is a subclaim that supports your main evidence. A reason is often linked to a claim with the words because, therefore, so, consequently, and thus. Does that make sense?

In addition, I often like to say that thesis statements should have tension. That is, thesis statements should not be bare recitations of fact but they should expand the readers' expectations. You might phrase a thesis with tension in the following manner:

While many people believe X, Y is true because of 1, 2, and 3.

Of course, there are many ways to effectively frame thesis statements. Here are some links to help you as you develop thesis statements:

http://polaris.umuc.edu/~jbooth/ewpjim/thesis_conundrum.htm

http://polaris.umuc.edu/~jbooth/ewpjim/thesisdicoguide2.htm

 

In addition, this general page of video tutorials on basic essay formulas may be helpful as it includes discussion of the thesis statement:

http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/web/basic_essay_formulas.html

 

Task:

After watching and taking notes on the videos provided, please view the following tutorial from UMUC's Effective Writing Center.

http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/web/thesis.html

After viewing the final tutorial, respond to the following questions: No more than 2 paragraphs

Name a article that you would like to critiquie? What is your position on that article? What claim are you making about the article? State your answers clearly in a thesis sentence that helps to map your response for the reader.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 08/19/2014
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