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Thesis development. How, why, what’s important. Overview. It’s not easy because you’re trying to come up with something new Be patient with not knowing, & not quite nailing it the first time. That’s because you’re pushing outside your comfort zone and what you already know.

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Thesis development

Thesis development

How, why, what’s important


Overview
Overview

  • It’s not easy because you’re trying to come up with something new

    • Be patient with not knowing, & not quite nailing it the first time.

      • That’s because you’re pushing outside your comfort zone and what you already know.

  • The basic question: What’s at stake here?

    • What matters to me and most people about this topic?

      • What could people disagree about?

      • Could be an interpretation of a book, not always moral or political questions


A couple tricks of the trade
A couple tricks of the trade

  • Example: Your dumb topic is McDonalds’ food.

    • Your 3 part thesis: “McDonalds food is cheap, greasy and fattening.”

      • Have you said why it matters? Arguable? What will we learn?

  • When you have a statement that’s not quite arguable, or is simply boring, try these quick fixes:

    • Rank which your topics is more important

    • Add a “Because” statement

  • Rankwhich of these is most important:

    • “McDonald’s food is cheap and fattening, but the high fat content is the most unhealthy part about it.”

      • Now you have something to prove and explain—a high fat diet is worse than just high calorie.

  • Use a Because statement to improve it

    • “McDonald’s food is greasy and fattening, but because it is so cheap, poor people are lured into making poor health choices.”


Try that with our topics
Try that with our topics

  • With a partner:

    • Rank which is most important

    • Say why that’s important

      • Thesis 1: I disagree with Fein and Schneider’s advice in The Rules. Love is about giving, sharing and caring.”

      • Thesis 2: “The Brain in Love” shows that all of our ideals about caring and giving and selflessness are basically just hormones gone crazy.

      • Thesis 3: “Cinderella” teaches girls some good lessons about perseverance and humility, but it also teaches girls to put up with abuse and never have a voice.


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