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Thesis Presentation

  1. 1. There are 2 ways to begin a paper <ul><ul><li>Start with the thesis (or organizing idea), and come up with evidence and analysis to support it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start with ideas—and then find a thesis or argument within all your different thoughts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neither way is right, but different students often find they prefer different strategies. </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. First, we’ll discuss paper-writers who like to start with a thesis statement.
  3. 3. Writing a thesis <ul><li>First, think of a subject. How about frogs? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Writing a thesis <ul><li>Next, narrow your subject by asking this: what about my subject interests me most? For example, let’s say we’re particularly interested in frogs that turn into princes. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Thesis Statement Now—put an argumentative edge on the topic. For example: Frogs turn into princes not only in fairy tales, but also in Ohio.
  6. 6. Testing your thesis <ul><li>Now test your thesis by asking the following: what evidence supports your argument? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Testing your thesis <ul><li>There are many well-worded theses that would not make good papers because they have little evidence to support them. For example: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>a.      &quot;George Washington wore false teeth&quot; is an argument, but probably too specific to provide much more than a paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>b.      &quot; Dharma Bums is really a reaction to WWII&quot; is a difficult thesis if you can find no evidence to support it. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; Dharma Bums is really a book about aliens invading HMI&quot; will be a difficult thesis because upon investigation, it will likely turn out to be patently false. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Testing your thesis <ul><li>Next, ask this: is the proposition worth supporting? </li></ul><ul><li>There are many well-worded theses which are self-evident or simply overused statements like &quot;grass is green.&quot; While theses need not be blatantly controversial, a less-than-exciting composition will likely result from arguing that the grass is green when no one has ever proposed otherwise. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Implicit in a good thesis is the notion that someone could argue against it.
  10. 10. Another way to start a paper <ul><li>But sometimes, a thesis statement doesn’t immediately come to mind. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Another way to start a paper <ul><li>In that case, you want to start with brainstorming. Basically, instead of starting with the thesis—you’re starting with the evidence and working back to the thesis. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Types of Brainstorming <ul><li>There are lots of different kinds of brainstorming. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Types of Brainstorming <ul><li>Freewriting: If you don't have a topic at all, freewrite to help you figure out what you want to write about. </li></ul><ul><li>Once you've finished freewriting, read over what you've written. Underline, circle, or highlight ideas you think are worth pursuing. Then ask yourself: </li></ul><ul><li>-What is the most interesting idea here? </li></ul><ul><li>-Is there anything like a general principle here that ties my ideas together? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Types of brainstorming <ul><li>Listing and inventorying ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>a.       As with brainstorming, the goal is to get ideas down on paper. This time, however, make a list of ideas. Once you have an inventory, play with them: relate them to each other, parallel them, subordinate one to another, and form categories until a pattern begins to emerge. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Types of brainstorming <ul><li>Cubing </li></ul><ul><li>When cubing, the writer considers the topic as if it were a cube—holding it up and examining all six sides: </li></ul><ul><li>describing it </li></ul><ul><li>comparing it </li></ul><ul><li>associating it (with other ideas) </li></ul><ul><li>analyzing it </li></ul><ul><li>applying it </li></ul><ul><li>arguing for and against it </li></ul>
  16. 16. Wrap-up <ul><li>Make sense? Good. </li></ul><ul><li>But if it doesn’t—Watch this presentation again—or come see Katie or Reynolds for help. </li></ul>