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Unformatted text preview: I MPROVING THESIS HAND OUT A Don’t have a thesis or have a “its complex” thesis - issue is complex, but its ramifications remain unclear: S UMMARY - go back to sources and ask more questions: SO WHAT? - Put yourself in it - Brainstorm more than one possible thesis o Choose the thesis that best accounts for the evidence o WHAT DOES IT MEAN? B General thesis is a claim but isn’t developed/thick “Americans don’t take health issues seriously enough.” - Find supporting evidence - Third Step: FIND UNACCOUNTED FOR/COMPL ICAING E VIDENCE - Fourth Step: Spell out the mismatch o EVIDENCE IS THE OPPORTUNITY - Revise your thesis/sub-claims - Repeat C Have a solid early thesis- t rying to develop strong late thesis - Early: clearest, most specific thesis that the reader can u nderstand U nderline Early thesis Underline Late thesis ...
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- Fall '08