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● Your name
Object and why you chose it Share parts of your automatic writing in pairs.
Avoid revealing details about the work itself (who,
what, when...). Focus more on your response or
feelings about the work. Persuasive Essay Format
● Hook (engage the reader)
Introduce your subject (What is your art object??)
Introduce your arguments, what will you be talking about (What is your paper about?)
Thesis ( What are you proving to me??) Body Paragraphs (minimum 3)
● Introduce idea/evidence
How does this relates back to your thesis??
Conclude this idea Conclusion
● Restate your thesis
Summarize what you have said / what you have tried to prove to me
Show me the big picture or why this is important Thesis statements
What is a thesis statement? Thesis statements
What is a thesis statement?
Every paper you write should have a main point, a main idea, or central message. The argument(s) you
make in your paper should reflect this main idea. The sentence that captures your position on this main
idea is what we call a thesis statement.
How long does it need to be?
A thesis statement focuses your ideas into one sentence. It should present the topic of your paper and
also make a comment about your position in relation to the topic. Your thesis statement should tell your
reader what the paper is about and also help guide your writing and keep your argument focused. What cultural work does your object perform? a. Take 5 minutes. Write down an initial thesis statement based on your automatic writing. a. Take 5 minutes. Write down an initial thesis statement based on your automatic writing. b. Next person: Write a question or a comment about this thesis. a. Take 5 minutes. Write down an initial thesis statement based on your automatic writing. b. Next person: Write a question or a comment about this thesis. c. Next person: What other artwork, keyword or reading that we have looked at in class
relates to this claim? a. Take 5 minutes. Write down an initial thesis statement based on your automatic writing. b. Next person: Write a question or a comment about this thesis. c. Next person: What other artwork, keyword or reading that we have looked at in class
relates to this claim? d. Next person: Revise thesis. a. Take 5 minutes. Write down an initial thesis statement based on your automatic writing. b. Next person: Write a question or a comment about this thesis. c. Next person: What other artwork, keyword or reading that we have looked at in class
relates to this claim? d. Next person: Revise thesis. e. Hand back to the original writer. Is your thesis statement specific?
Your thesis statement should be as clear and specific as possible. Normally you will continue
to refine your thesis as you revise your argument(s), so your thesis will evolve and gain
definition as you obtain a better sense of where your argument is taking you.
Is your thesis statement too general?
Your thesis should be limited to what can be accomplished in the specified number of pages.
Shape your topic so that you can get straight to the "meat" of it. Being specific in your paper
will be much more successful than writing about general things that do not say much. Don't
settle for three pages of just skimming the surface.
● Original thesis:
○ There are serious objections to today's horror movies.
○ Because modern cinematic techniques have allowed filmmakers to get
more graphic, horror films have desensitized viewers to violence.
○ The pornographic violence in "bloodbath" slasher movies degrades both
men and women. Is your thesis statement clear?
Your thesis statement is no exception to your writing: it needs to be as clear as possible. By
being as clear as possible in your thesis statement, you will make sure that your reader
understands exactly what you mean.
Tip: In order to be as clear as possible in your writing:
● Unless you're writing a technical report, avoid technical language. Always avoid
jargon, unless you are confident your audience will be familiar with it.
Avoid vague words such as "interesting,” "negative," "exciting,” "unusual," and
Avoid abstract words such as "society," “values,” or “culture.” The thesis statement should do more than merely announce the topic; it must reveal what
position you will take in relation to that topic, how you plan to analyze/evaluate the
subject or the issue.
● ● Avoid merely announcing the topic; your original and specific "angle" should be
○ Original thesis: In this paper, I will discuss the relationship between
fairy tales and early childhood.
○ Revised thesis: Not just empty stories for kids, fairy tales shed light
on the psychology of young children.
Avoid making universal or pro/con judgments that oversimplify complex issues.
○ Original thesis: We must save the whales.
○ Revised thesis: Because our planet's health may depend upon
biological diversity, we should save the whales. Is your thesis statement original?
Avoid generic arguments and formula statements. They work well to get a rough draft
started, but will easily bore a reader. Keep revising until the thesis reflects your real ideas.
Tip: The point you make in the paper should matter:
● Be prepared to answer “So what?” about your thesis statement.
Be prepared to explain why the point you are making is worthy of a paper. Why
should the reader read it? ATLAS | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Writers Workshop: Writer
Resources.” Writing Tips « Writers Workshop: Writer Resources « The Center for
Writing Studies, Illinois, 2013, . For next tutorial:
You should have a working thesis statement and rough plan/outline for your
Your field portfolio prompts are due, numbers 1-6. I will not be marking them
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Faculty of Fine Arts
FFAR 250 | 6 credits - Fall 2019 + Winter 2020
Keywords: Reading the Arts Across the Disciplines
Lecture (Hall 110): Tutorial: MB S2.285 TA: Zinnia Naqvi,
Concordia University MFA Candidate - Studio Arts, Photography
Teaching Assistant FFAR 250 - Sections **QQ** & RR
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- MJ Thompso