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Guidelines to Thesis Writing<br />5 Steps to Help you Succeed<br />
3 Levels of Thesis Writing<br />Level 1: Restatement<br />or the “Simple, Stupid Thesis”<br />This type of thesis simply r...
Level 1 Example:	<br />Prompt: <br />Evaluate how British imperial policy intensified colonial responses in regards to pol...
3 Levels of Thesis Writing<br />Level 2: Passive<br />Uses passive tenses<br />Helps observe cause and effect relationship...
Level 2 Example<br />Prompt: <br />Evaluate how British imperial policy intensified colonial responses in regards to polit...
3 Levels of Thesis Writing<br />Level 2.5 Thesis<br />Changes PERSIA categories into more specific examples<br />Still Pas...
3 Levels of Thesis Writing<br />Level 3 Thesis: Advanced<br />Active Voice<br />Sophisticated and Specific Categories<br /...
So how do you write a great thesis?<br />
Step 1: Read the Prompt<br />(And the directions)<br />What are the key terms or phrases?<br />Underline, Circle, Connect<...
Step 2: Brainstorm<br />What information is necessary to answer the prompt?<br />What do I know about the subject?<br />Wh...
Step 3: Preliminary thesis<br />This will be a level 1 or 2 thesis based upon your current skill level<br />Provide an ans...
Step 4: Reevaluate and Recategorize<br />Do the categories accurately reflect your evidence?<br />Can you move from the PE...
Step 5: Write<br />Structure your Thesis Paragraph<br />Remember the SATS<br />Set the Scene<br />Address the Question<br ...
How did the economic, geographic, and social factors encourage the growth of slavery as an important part of the economy o...
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  1. 1. Guidelines to Thesis Writing<br />5 Steps to Help you Succeed<br />
  2. 2. 3 Levels of Thesis Writing<br />Level 1: Restatement<br />or the “Simple, Stupid Thesis”<br />This type of thesis simply restates the question without any interpretation<br />This level is NEVER acceptable in a APUSH essay<br />
  3. 3. Level 1 Example: <br />Prompt: <br />Evaluate how British imperial policy intensified colonial responses in regards to politics and economics during the 18th century.<br />Thesis:<br />During the 18th century, British imperial policy with regards to politics and economic intensified….<br />
  4. 4. 3 Levels of Thesis Writing<br />Level 2: Passive<br />Uses passive tenses<br />Helps observe cause and effect relationships<br />
  5. 5. Level 2 Example<br />Prompt: <br />Evaluate how British imperial policy intensified colonial responses in regards to politics and economics during the 18th century.<br />Thesis:<br />American resistance and commitment to republican values came out of British Imperial policy through PPE means…<br />
  6. 6. 3 Levels of Thesis Writing<br />Level 2.5 Thesis<br />Changes PERSIA categories into more specific examples<br />Still Passive<br />Example: <br />American resistance and commitment to republican values came out of Britain attempting to reassert her authority through greater taxation and the limiting of colonial rights. <br />
  7. 7. 3 Levels of Thesis Writing<br />Level 3 Thesis: Advanced<br />Active Voice<br />Sophisticated and Specific Categories<br />Example: <br />“As the French and Indian War ended, the British Empire believed that it needed to reassert its authority through greater taxation and the limiting of colonial rights, leading to increased American resistance and their commitment to republican values.”<br />
  8. 8. So how do you write a great thesis?<br />
  9. 9. Step 1: Read the Prompt<br />(And the directions)<br />What are the key terms or phrases?<br />Underline, Circle, Connect<br />What is the prompt asking?<br />If you don’t understand what the prompt is asking, you are not going to score well on the essay<br />
  10. 10. Step 2: Brainstorm<br />What information is necessary to answer the prompt?<br />What do I know about the subject?<br />What categories seem work best?<br />PERSIA<br />Use a Graphic Organizer<br />Outline, Web, T-Chart, Double-Bubble, or Timeline<br />
  11. 11. Step 3: Preliminary thesis<br />This will be a level 1 or 2 thesis based upon your current skill level<br />Provide an answer to the Prompt<br />Provide areas of categorization<br />Provide similarities and differences (for a comparison essay)<br />Provide change and continuity (for Change over Time essay)<br />
  12. 12. Step 4: Reevaluate and Recategorize<br />Do the categories accurately reflect your evidence?<br />Can you move from the PERSIA topics and into more descriptive categories?<br />Turn your Thesis into a Level 2.5 or 3<br />
  13. 13. Step 5: Write<br />Structure your Thesis Paragraph<br />Remember the SATS<br />Set the Scene<br />Address the Question<br />Take a Position<br />Signpost<br />Continue writing your essay.<br />
  14. 14. How did the economic, geographic, and social factors encourage the growth of slavery as an important part of the economy of the southern colonies between 1607 and 1775?<br />
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