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Unformatted text preview: ave an assignment that asks you to write a thesis­based essay on the issue of whether mandatory physical education at all high school grades would significantly decrease sexual activity among adolescents. You come up with the thesis: lack of physical education among high school students contributes significantly to sexual activity among teens. What is the purpose of a thesis? What is the purpose of a thesis? Arguing for a thesis that has nothing to do with the assigned topic is sometimes called going off topic. Another way of going off topic is to discuss evidence that has no logical connection to the thesis you indicate in your thesis­statement! What is the purpose of a thesis? What is the purpose of a thesis? Another way of going off topic is to discuss evidence that has no logical connection to the thesis you indicate in your thesis­statement! If your thesis is that there should be mandatory physical education at all high schools, don’t spend your essay discussing evidence for the thesis that lack of physical activity at high school contribute to sexual activity! What is the purpose of a thesis? What is the purpose of a thesis? To help avoid going off topic, read and re­read the assignment instructions until you completely understand what you have to do. If anything is unclear, ask Jim. When you are arranging the body of your essay, check that the evidence is relevant to the thesis you state in the introduction! What is the purpose of a thesis? What is the purpose of a thesis? Trivial theses! A thesis that everyone already agrees with is a trivial thesis. Suppose you had an assignment that required you to write a thesis­based essay on the problem of STIs in Merced. You did your research and came up with the thesis: Sexually transmitted infections are a real problem in Merced. What is the purpose of a thesis? What is the purpose of a thesis? This thesis is trivial because everyone would agree with it. Everybody thinks that STI rates are a real problem in Merced. So it is a waste of time writing an essay that argues for the thesis that STI rates are a real problem in Merced! What is the purpose of a thesis? What is the purpose of a thesis? It is also a trivial thesis vis­à­vis the assignment because it is assumed to be true in the assignment instructions… If you are asked to write on the problem of STI rates in Merced, then it is fair to say that it is a given that unprotected sexual activity is a problem in Merced! What is the purpose of a thesis? What is the purpose of a thesis? To avoid trivial theses: Be thorough in your reading and research, and truly reflect on what you discover Make sure that your thesis is more detailed and specific than assumptions in the assignment instructions (unless the thesis itself is an assigned one) Try to come up with an original thesis – but remember that the more controversial the thesis, the harder it will be to argue for it effectively! What is the purpose of a thesis? What is the purpose of a thesis? Some theses are more detailed than the assumption that STI rates are a problem in Merced: creating more sex education programs will not necessarily alleviate the...
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