Making a Thesis Evolve

Making a Thesis Evolve - Making a Thesis Evolve In a good...

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Making a Thesis Evolve In a good piece of writing, the thesis—the primary claim—operates as a powerful tool of discovery . Its function is to examine and question your subject to arrive at some point about its meaning that would not have been immediately obvious to your readers. The paper itself records the refining of the thesis, its central idea. You should think of your thesis as fluid, dynamic and changing as it encounters evidence! In other words, your thesis is not the finished product of an act of thinking that you are then committed to during your writing process; rather, your thesis evolves as you continue to question your evidence through the act of writing. This means facing the complications you encounter as you analyze your evidence—not ignoring them. Using these conflicts to revise your claim is the primary movement of mind in analytical writing. What a good thesis does: Promotes thinking: leads you to greater precision about what things mean Reduces scope: separates useful evidence from the jumble of details Provides direction: helps you decide what to talk about and what to talk about next
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course GEW 101 taught by Professor Dutton during the Spring '08 term at CSU San Marcos.

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