Thoughtful research:. Moving beyond the topic! . So, what’s the big deal about research?. It’s just another project!. Research is a real-life skill. Research projects are training grounds for adult problem-solving and decision-making Which car should I buy and how much should I pay?
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Moving beyond the topic!
Research projects are training grounds for adult problem-solving and decision-making
report has already been done (very well) by any number of encyclopedias.
Why should we ask you to waste your time?
We are asking for . . . more meaningful, and more interesting research!
The thesis statement is typically located at the end of your opening paragraph. (The opening paragraph serves to set the context for the thesis.)
2 Simple equations:
Specific topic + Attitude/Angle/Argument = Thesis
(or 3 Ts: Topic + ’Tude = Thesis)
What you plan to argue
+ How you plan to argue it
= Your thesis
Contestable—proposes an argument with which people could reasonably disagree.
Provocative—takes a stand and justifies the discussion you will present.
Coverable—could be adequately covered in the format of the project assigned.
Specific and focused—proves a point without discussing “everything in the world about …”
Provable—asserts your own conclusion based on solid evidence.
The evidence may lead you to a conclusion you didn't
think you’d reach.
It is perfectly okay to
change your thesis!
As you read look for:
1. Does the thesis inspire a reasonable reader to ask,“How?” or “Why?”
2. Would a reasonable reader NOT respond with “Duh!” or “So what?” or “Gee, no kidding!” or “Who cares?”
3. Does the thesis avoid general phrasing and/or sweeping words such as “all” or “none” or “every”?
4. Does the thesis lead the reader toward the topic sentences (the subtopics needed to prove the thesis)?
5. Can the thesis be adequately developed in the required length of the paper or project?
If you cannot answer “YES” to these questions, what changes must you make in order for your thesis to pass these tests?
1. Terrorism should not happen.
2. The causes of the Civil War were economic, social, and political.
3. The Simpsons represents the greatest animated show in the history of television.
4. The Simpsons treats the issues of ethnicity, family dynamics, and social issues effectively.
5. Often dismissed because it is animated, The Simpsons treats the issue of ethnicity more powerfully than didthe critically praised All In The Family.
Remember, you are not alone. Check frequently with your teacher-librarian and classroom teacher for guidance!