Week Five: Literature Review. Lesson Objectives: Determine a strong thesis’ mechanics and content. Focus the literature on ideas, through topic sentences Identify in-text citation and attributive tags Begin peer review on Draft 1.1. Thesis Statement. Thesis = Topic + Comment
“There is significant evidence that exercise and physical activity has a positive effect on mood, but how far can this mood enhancement reach? Studies on a range of subjects are reviewed, from women suffering from depression, to the young and clinically depressed, and the elderly and their disposition to depression. The intent is to investigate how much exercise is need to increase positive outlook as well as what age, if any, the benefits of exercise on mood expire.”
“Try to let the focus be on the idea itself, and articulate this in the topic sentence. Then, for the remainder of the paragraph you can bring in paraphrases and brief quotes from different texts which support the ‘idea-driven’ topic sentence.”
—from a Grader, my emphasis
“American Humorists.” South Australian Register. (Adelaide, SA: 1839-1900) 10 Nov. 1870: 5. National Library of Australia. Web. 23 Nov. 2013.
Kolb, Jr., Harold H. “The Outcasts of Literary Flat: Bret Harte as Humorist.” American Literary Realism, 1870-1910 23.2 (Winter 1991): 52-63. JSTOR. Web. 28 Sept. 2013.