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Constructing Thesis. Earlier stages of writing process. What’s a Thesis ?. A thesis is not just an observation; it’s a statement that might be questioned or challenged. Observation: Lawns in many suburbs are green all year.

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constructing thesis

Constructing Thesis

Earlier stages of

writing process

what s a thesis
What’s a Thesis?

A thesis is not just an observation; it’s a statement that might be questioned or challenged.

  • Observation: Lawns in many suburbs are green all year.
  • Thesis: Suburbanites are poisoning the environment with chemicals just to keep their lawns green.
how can one tell a good thesis
How can one tell a good thesis?
  • Does this thesis provoke a reaction and spark interest?
  • Could someone legitimately disagree with it?
  • Does it reflect the stand you took?
  • Does it make a claim?
examples 1
Examples 1
  • Bad: A youngster who has a computer at home has many educational advantages. That’s obvious but too vague to be interesting.
  • Better: The developmental gap between children whose parents can afford PCs and those whose parents cannot is growing.
example 2
Example 2
  • Bad: Boxing is an extremely dangerous sport. A well-known fact – what’s new?
  • Better: Boxing should be outlawed because it’s dangerous.
structure of a paragraph
Structure of a paragraph

Place your thesis effectively within a paragraph

writing process
Writing process
  • Free-writing (brainstorming)
  • Mind-mapping
  • Outlining
  • Drafting
  • Revising: editing and proofreading