English chapter 6, developing and supporting the thesis

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what’s a thesis statement
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a thesis statement is the main point of the essay. It is usually stated in a single sentence.
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an effective thesis will
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– introduce narrowed topic. -reveal what your essay is about. -state the point you will make about that topic.
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developing your thesis statement
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-expect your thesis statement to evolve during prewriting. -expect to do research to revise your thesis. -expect to revise your thesis as you draft and revise your essay.
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overview of the writing process
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prewriting, developing your thesis statement, supporting your thesis statement with evidence, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading.
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synthesize ideas to generate a working thesis statement
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coming up with a working thesis statement involves reviewing your prewriting to determine how your ideas fit together.
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steps to adopt the process of your learning style
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reread your prewriting, identified details and put them together to see how they link.
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decide which groups of ideas best represent the focus of your paper
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sometimes a group of details will be enough for a working thesis.
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consider if you have enough relevant details
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if list is too thin, you may not have enough details to come up with a working thesis. Delete any details that don’t work and use prewriting to generate more.
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an effective thesis
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-makes an assertion rather than stating the facts. -is specific: provide as much information as possible about your main point.
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focus on one central point
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limit your essay to one major idea
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offer an original perspective on your topic
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it your thesis seems dull or ordinary, it probably needs revision. Search your prewriting for an angle on your topic.
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avoid making an announcement
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don’t use phrases such as: \”This essay will discuss\” or \”The subject of my paper is”
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use your thesis to preview the organization of the essay
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considered using your thesis to mention the 2 or 3 points of your essay.
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placing the thesis statement
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your thesis statement can appear anywhere in your essay, but it is best to place it in the first paragraph as part of your introduction.
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using an implied thesis
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in some professional writings, such as narrative writings or descriptive essays, the writer may not stay the thesis directly.
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support your thesis statement with evidence
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evidence is any type of information such as examples, and anecdotes, facts, statistics and expert opinions that will convince your reader.
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your writing situation
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your purpose, your audience, your point of view, your genre and medium.
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choosing the best evidence
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-make sure that is relevant. -provide specific evidence. -offer a variety of evidence. -provide sufficient amount of evidence. -provide representative evidence. -provide accurate evidence from reliable sources.
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choosing evidence for academic writing
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your personal experiences and opinion will not be more useful than facts statistics and historical background.
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incorporating visuals to an essay
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visuals can complement and support your ideas.
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visuals must
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-support the purpose of your writing point of view. -appeal to your readers. -are appropriate to the genre and medium. -complement and enhance the meaning of your writing. -are easy to undertand . -are relevant.
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using sources to support your thesis
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for many topics, you will need to conduct research, to collect enough evidence to support your thesis.

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