The Thesis Statement: Where to End, Not Beginby Joe Essid, Writing Center Director(printable version here)Writing struggling with professors' expectations often begin with a concise, one-sentence statement of thesis. This worked-What if the statement of thesis were instead considered a "governing claim" and came to be near the endof a research proThe techniques below have worked well in my writing classes. I draw heavily upon Rosenwasser's and Stephen's outstandiSo how does this alternative method work?First Step: Admit your biases, if any, about a topic. Write them down. You cannot reason FROM these to anything a profesSecond Step: note what is most interesting to you about a topic. Can you make a claim out of that?Example: “Cosmetic surgery seems to be used as much for vanity as necessity. The good effects of it get overshadowed byThird Step: Ask “so what?” and “what does X mean?” about each abstraction in the working claim. In our case:●What does “harm” mean?
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