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Writing Process Thesis Statement Formulating a  Thesis Maner (2002) Purdue Owl
Step 1  determine the specific topic to write <ul><li>What do you want to write about? (topic) </li></ul><ul><li>Perspecti...
Step 2  Determine what kind of paper you are writing <ul><li>An  analytical paper  breaks down an issue or an idea into it...
Step 3  determine audience  & purpose   <ul><li>Entertain? </li></ul><ul><li>Inform? </li></ul><ul><li>Persuade </li></ul>...
 
Examples  of Thesis Statement <ul><li>Disaster can happen without warning; thus it is better to be prepared. </li></ul><ul...
simple steps:  the essay writing process: <ul><li>Preliminary Drafts </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on your topic.  </li></ul><u...
The thesis statement <ul><li>is that sentence or two in your text that contains the focus of your essay and tells your rea...
A thesis statement is a sentence that explicitly identifies the  main idea ,  argument , and  subpart s of  the paper . <u...
PRELIMINARY OUTLINE: In spite of the military  efforts, terrorism in Mindanao would  continue unless the both economic and...
Evaluating an analytical thesis statement <ul><li>In spite of the efforts,  terrorism would continue  in the Philippines  ...
Is it possible to have no thesis statement?
Is it possible to have no thesis statement? <ul><li>the lack of a thesis statement may well be a symptom of an essay beset...
Criteria for a Good  Thesis Maner (2002)
<ul><li>Your thesis statement should be  specific —it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be ...
Criteria <ul><li>Narrow: The thesis should define an issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Specific:  The thesis should use precise lan...
Thesis into Outline <ul><li>In spite the military’s efforts,  terrorism will continue in the Philippines  unless the gover...
In spite of the military  efforts, terrorism in Mindanao would  continue unless the both economic and political demands of...
Writing Activity1 <ul><li>Engage in mind mapping of a given broad topic </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on the specific topic and...
Writing Activity2 <ul><li>Define the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Pre...
Step 2  Determine what kind of paper you are writing <ul><li>An  expositor y   (explanatory/persuasive) paper explains or ...
 
Example of an analytical thesis statement <ul><li>An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facin...
Example of an argumentative thesis statement: <ul><li>High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursu...
Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement <ul><li>The life of the typical college student is characterized b...
Below is a list of topics which can be developed into  a thesis statement. Identify the kind of thesis may be developed in...
 
What is the difference? <ul><li>Nuclear energy  is  an alternative source of power t hat may be used t o fuel the industry...
A thesis  for an Informative Paper   <ul><li>Nuclear energy  is  an alternative source of power to fuel the industry .   <...
A Thesis for an Analytical Argumentative Paper <ul><li>Nuclear energy  should replace  electricity to fuel  the  industry ...
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  1. 1. Writing Process Thesis Statement Formulating a Thesis Maner (2002) Purdue Owl
  2. 2. Step 1 determine the specific topic to write <ul><li>What do you want to write about? (topic) </li></ul><ul><li>Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Aspects </li></ul>
  3. 3. Step 2 Determine what kind of paper you are writing <ul><li>An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience. </li></ul><ul><li>An expositor y (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience. </li></ul><ul><li>An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Step 3 determine audience & purpose <ul><li>Entertain? </li></ul><ul><li>Inform? </li></ul><ul><li>Persuade </li></ul><ul><li>Argue? </li></ul><ul><li>Combinations??? </li></ul>
  5. 6. Examples of Thesis Statement <ul><li>Disaster can happen without warning; thus it is better to be prepared. </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering friendship need not be expensive; relationship is based on the quality of interaction not on the cost of the activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage could withstand differences if couple would take each other as worth loving </li></ul><ul><li>In spite of the efforts, terrorism would continue in the Philippines unless the government addresses the separatists’ economic and political demands in Mindanao . </li></ul><ul><li>Racism drove the Chinese to establish their own community in the Philippines. </li></ul><ul><li>Solving our environmental problems is more difficult than many environmentalists believe . </li></ul>
  6. 7. simple steps: the essay writing process: <ul><li>Preliminary Drafts </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on your topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Write your thesis statement. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare an outline or diagram </li></ul><ul><li>Rough Drafts </li></ul><ul><li>Develop outline into paragraphs. </li></ul><ul><li>Write the conclusion. </li></ul><ul><li>Write the introduction. </li></ul><ul><li>Final Draft </li></ul><ul><li>Revise & Edit </li></ul><ul><li>Add the finishing touches. </li></ul><ul><li>Revising </li></ul><ul><li>Editing </li></ul>
  7. 8. The thesis statement <ul><li>is that sentence or two in your text that contains the focus of your essay and tells your reader what the essay is going to be about. </li></ul><ul><li>the central idea of an essay </li></ul>
  8. 9. A thesis statement is a sentence that explicitly identifies the main idea , argument , and subpart s of the paper . <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>In spite of the military efforts, terrorism would continue in the Philippines unless the government addresses the separatists’ economic and political demands in Mindanao. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a preliminary outline from your thesis. </li></ul>
  9. 10. PRELIMINARY OUTLINE: In spite of the military efforts, terrorism in Mindanao would continue unless the both economic and political demands of the separatists are addressed. Government efforts Separatists’ demands Philippine terrorism: Definition History of Philippine terrorism Economic demands Political demands Others related issues: Abu Sayaf MILF, MNLF. NPA Kidnappings Military Operations
  10. 11. Evaluating an analytical thesis statement <ul><li>In spite of the efforts, terrorism would continue in the Philippines unless the government addresses the separatists’ economic and political demands in Mindanao. </li></ul><ul><li>Is the nature of the topic defined? </li></ul><ul><li>(political, economic, technical, social ?) </li></ul><ul><li>Are specific sub-problems clearly defined? </li></ul>
  11. 12. Is it possible to have no thesis statement?
  12. 13. Is it possible to have no thesis statement? <ul><li>the lack of a thesis statement may well be a symptom of an essay beset by a lack of focus. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Criteria for a Good Thesis Maner (2002)
  14. 15. <ul><li>Your thesis statement should be specific —it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence. </li></ul><ul><li>Your thesis may be revised as you write. Revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Criteria <ul><li>Narrow: The thesis should define an issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Specific: The thesis should use precise language. </li></ul><ul><li>Unified : The thesis should be expressed in a single but complete statement. </li></ul><ul><li>Original : The thesis should be personal at least to some degree. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Thesis into Outline <ul><li>In spite the military’s efforts, terrorism will continue in the Philippines unless the government addresses the economic and political demands of our Muslim brothers . </li></ul>
  17. 18. In spite of the military efforts, terrorism in Mindanao would continue unless the both economic and political demands of the separatists are addressed. <ul><li>Government efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Separatists’ demands </li></ul><ul><li>Philippine terrorism: Definition </li></ul><ul><li>History of Philippine terrorism </li></ul><ul><li>Economic demands </li></ul><ul><li>Political demands </li></ul><ul><li>Others related issues: </li></ul><ul><li>Abu Sayaf </li></ul><ul><li>MILF, MNLF. NPA </li></ul><ul><li>Kidnappings </li></ul><ul><li>Military Operations </li></ul>
  18. 19. Writing Activity1 <ul><li>Engage in mind mapping of a given broad topic </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on the specific topic and perspective that you want to write </li></ul><ul><li>Kind of paper or thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Write a tentative or preliminary theses statement </li></ul><ul><li>subject for revision </li></ul>
  19. 20. Writing Activity2 <ul><li>Define the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare a tentative outline </li></ul><ul><li>Flesh out the outline- write 3 paragraphs developing the preliminary subtopics </li></ul>
  20. 21. Step 2 Determine what kind of paper you are writing <ul><li>An expositor y (explanatory/persuasive) paper explains or persuades something to the audience. </li></ul><ul><li>An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided. </li></ul><ul><li>An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience. </li></ul>
  21. 23. Example of an analytical thesis statement <ul><li>An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds. </li></ul>
  22. 24. Example of an argumentative thesis statement: <ul><li>High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness. </li></ul>
  23. 25. Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement <ul><li>The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers. </li></ul>
  24. 26. Below is a list of topics which can be developed into a thesis statement. Identify the kind of thesis may be developed in the given topic. <ul><li>1. describing drug rehabilitation camps, how they work </li></ul><ul><li>2. claiming that discipline in rehabilitation camps is ineffective </li></ul><ul><li>3. a brief history of a beauty contest </li></ul><ul><li>4. a beauty contest is a degrading exploitation of women </li></ul><ul><li>5. the different kinds of fast food chains in Manila </li></ul><ul><li>7. Filipino multi- media artists are globally competitive </li></ul><ul><li>8. claiming that Philippine animation will not be globally competitive </li></ul>
  25. 28. What is the difference? <ul><li>Nuclear energy is an alternative source of power t hat may be used t o fuel the industry in the Philippines </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear energy should replace electricity to fuel the industry in the Philippines . </li></ul>
  26. 29. A thesis for an Informative Paper <ul><li>Nuclear energy is an alternative source of power to fuel the industry . </li></ul>
  27. 30. A Thesis for an Analytical Argumentative Paper <ul><li>Nuclear energy should replace electricity to fuel the industry in the Philippines . </li></ul>
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