Wednesday January 20

Wednesday January 20 - ENG112 Wednesday, January 20, 2010...

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ENG112 Wednesday, January 20, 2010 COMMON THESIS PROBLEMS: 1) NO THESIS 2) THESIS IS: VAGUE, GENERAL, BROAD INSTEAD , THESIS MUST BE: PRECISE, SPECIFIC, NARROW THESIS CHECKLIST Is the statement obvious ? OBVIOUS = BAD Is the state interesting ? INTERESTING = GOOD Does the statement present a falsification hypothesis? I.e. Can the statement be proven either TRUE or FALSE, by means of the use of evidence and argument? Does the statement raise issue or question that lends themselves to ARGUMENT ? Is your right size for the essay you are writing ? size of thesis size of essay CONFLICT 1) With every passing year, Albertans’ fear of violent crime continuous to grow. Problem? ASSERTION, NO PARAMETERS, TOO GENERAL 2) Statistics provide evidence that there is less violent crime in Alberta than there was twenty years ago. However, statistics also show that Albertans’ fear of violent crime has increased over the same period. Problem? ANALYSIS IS NOT CLEAR 3) Crime statistics persuasively suggest the power of the media to distort public perception of reality and thus affect quality of life. Despite ample evidence that violent crime has declined in Alberta over the last twenty years, Albertans’ fear of
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