The Analytical Essay: Creating a Thesis Statement 1
<ul><li>You will be able to define what a thesis statement is. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be able to describe its form. </...
<ul><li>A thesis statement is the main  observation  and  claim  in your essay. </li></ul><ul><li>It is the central observ...
<ul><li>We make observations when we encounter different texts: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul></u...
<ul><li>When we make an observation we see a pattern and/or connections in one text or across many, something significant ...
6 Text General Observations Specific Observation of Patterns/Connections between texts Observations at tension :  These ar...
<ul><li>The balance between this against that </li></ul>7
<ul><li>The language of tension </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Although x, nevertheless y </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes  howe...
<ul><li>Although  myths and stories have traditionally provided meaning to Aboriginal people, within the movie  Yolngu  Bo...
<ul><li>First Part:  myths and stories have traditionally provided meaning to Aboriginal people </li></ul><ul><li>Second P...
<ul><li>A strong thesis statement tells you what you have to do next </li></ul><ul><li>Body Paragraph 1:  How and why have...
<ul><li>Start each body paragraph with an observations. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide supporting detail and/or examples </li><...
<ul><li>Although myths and stories have traditionally provided meaning to Aboriginal people, within the movie  Yolngu  Boy...
<ul><li>Complete this question/task in writing.  Use your notes and memory. </li></ul><ul><li>What is a thesis statement? ...
<ul><li>You can now attempt to formulate a thesis statement and submit it through StudySmart. </li></ul><ul><li>Look under...
Rosenwasser, D & Stephen, J 2008,  Writing analytically with readings , Thompson Wadsworth, Boston. 16
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  1. 1. The Analytical Essay: Creating a Thesis Statement 1
  2. 2. <ul><li>You will be able to define what a thesis statement is. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be able to describe its form. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be able to write and revise a thesis statement. </li></ul>2
  3. 3. <ul><li>A thesis statement is the main observation and claim in your essay. </li></ul><ul><li>It is the central observation and claim you want to understand (enquire about). </li></ul><ul><li>Notice: A thesis statement is not an observation/claim you already understand. </li></ul><ul><li>A thesis statement contains tension. </li></ul>3
  4. 4. <ul><li>We make observations when we encounter different texts: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Movies </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Museums </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TV </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Journal Articles </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Text books </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Our experiences </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>4
  5. 5. <ul><li>When we make an observation we see a pattern and/or connections in one text or across many, something significant we think is meaningful. </li></ul><ul><li>In an analytical essay you should make observations that are at tension with other observations. </li></ul>5
  6. 6. 6 Text General Observations Specific Observation of Patterns/Connections between texts Observations at tension : These are observations you make in relation to the Movie Class discussion/ tasks Definition of story and myth <ul><li>Stories are important in Aboriginal culture </li></ul><ul><li>Myth and stories are a means of passing on values beliefs and practices </li></ul><ul><li>Myths are maps </li></ul><ul><li>Myths and stories provide meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Myths are important, but at odds with modern/contemporary ways of understanding and organizing the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Myths and stories provide a map, or guide the main characters, while they are on their journey, but when they reach Darwin their power diminishes . </li></ul>Reading Explanation of the significance of story and myth in Aboriginal culture Movie Story and myth have a role in telling the story
  7. 7. <ul><li>The balance between this against that </li></ul>7
  8. 8. <ul><li>The language of tension </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Although x, nevertheless y </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes however </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appears to be about x but is actually about y </li></ul></ul>(Rosenwasser & Stephen 2008, p. 167) 8
  9. 9. <ul><li>Although myths and stories have traditionally provided meaning to Aboriginal people, within the movie Yolngu Boy the character Bodj resists the knowledge and wisdom contained in his tribe’s stories. </li></ul>9
  10. 10. <ul><li>First Part: myths and stories have traditionally provided meaning to Aboriginal people </li></ul><ul><li>Second Part: within the movie Yolngu Boy the character Bodj resists the knowledge and wisdom contained in his tribe’s stories. </li></ul>10
  11. 11. <ul><li>A strong thesis statement tells you what you have to do next </li></ul><ul><li>Body Paragraph 1: How and why have myths and stories traditionally provided meaning to Aboriginal people? </li></ul><ul><li>Body Paragraph 2-100: How and why does Bodj resists the knowledge and wisdom contained in his tribe’s stories and myths? </li></ul>11
  12. 12. <ul><li>Start each body paragraph with an observations. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide supporting detail and/or examples </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the question ‘So What?’ and draw implications (What does your observation and supporting detail mean?) </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the question ‘So What?’ and draw tentative conclusions </li></ul>12
  13. 13. <ul><li>Although myths and stories have traditionally provided meaning to Aboriginal people, within the movie Yolngu Boy the character Bodj resists the knowledge and wisdom contained in his tribe’s stories because he is unconvinced the law contained in these stories can bring order and meaning to his life. </li></ul>13
  14. 14. <ul><li>Complete this question/task in writing. Use your notes and memory. </li></ul><ul><li>What is a thesis statement? </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the form of a thesis statement. </li></ul>14
  15. 15. <ul><li>You can now attempt to formulate a thesis statement and submit it through StudySmart. </li></ul><ul><li>Look under the heading Assessment . You will see a thesis statement assignment. </li></ul><ul><li>You can submit your thesis for review and comment. </li></ul><ul><li>I will comment on your thesis statement and give you an opportunity to resubmit if required. </li></ul>15
  16. 16. Rosenwasser, D & Stephen, J 2008, Writing analytically with readings , Thompson Wadsworth, Boston. 16

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