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ENGLISH 1301, WEEK FOUR Thesis Statements and Introduction to Rhetorical Appeals
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Thesis Statements Evolve During the Writing Process They are not fixed at the beginning of the writing process and left alone They don’t even appear until midway through the writing process They provide structure, organization and focus for you They set up an expectation in your reader and orient them-they provide a road map
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Step One: What is your purpose in writing? What exactly are you writing and why? Take a look at the assignment description Focus on the method you are asked to use Focus also on the final form your paper should take Method and form are the first things that will tell you what kind of thesis statement you need Informative? Persuasive? Argumentative?
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Example Biology Class Asked to write a research paper: FORM You are told you need 10-20 sources (literature based): METHOD Told you must write on a topic in plant physiology: PURPOSE This Class You must write an analysis for draft 1.1: FORM You must analyze a single text (speech): METHOD You must focus on rhetorical strategies: PURPOSE
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First Step: Write a Purpose Statement This is NOT a thesis, because it is not focused, it is just a plan for you to do background research for your paper and it is the basis for your thesis-you will revise this Example: “I am going to write a research paper over a topic in plant physiology, using literature research.” Example: “I am going to write an analysis of a speech, focusing on the rhetorical strategies employed by the author.”
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Next, you will narrow your topic and/or your texts Since you can’t read everything, or analyze every strategy, you must narrow your topic of interest You do this by first having a broad focus and looking at everything, then picking something “small” within your topic you find interesting Whatever this thing is, will narrow your selection or your topic
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For Example For that biology paper: You picked your topic: sexual deception in orchids You found all the texts written on this you decided you like the papers published since the 1980’s For Draft 1.1: You picked your speech and did background research You identified at all the strategies, and decided you like the way the author uses metaphor the best
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Step Two: Narrow your focus. This
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