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developing a thesis

Developing a Thesis

Specific and Focused

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Developing a Thesis

Specific and Focused

Bad Example:

Social networking is important in our society today.

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Developing a Thesis

Specific and Focused

Good Example:

Facebook is a beneficial tool and should be used by all those who wish to strengthen their social bonds with friends and family.

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Developing a Thesis

Specific and Focused

Bad Example:

People need to stay healthy for several important reasons.

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Developing a Thesis

Specific and Focused

Good Example:

Students must get sufficient sleep at night in order to succeed in school.

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Developing a Thesis

Specific and Focused

Arguable, Non-neutral Statement

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Developing a Thesis

Arguable, Non-neutral Statement

Bad Example:

America's anti-pollution efforts should be addressed.

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Developing a Thesis

Arguable, Non-neutral Statement

Good Example:

America's anti-pollution efforts should focus on privately owned cars because it would allow most citizens to contribute to national efforts and care about the outcome.

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Developing a Thesis

Arguable, Non-neutral Statement

Bad Example:

The War of 1812 came before the Civil War.

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Developing a Thesis

Arguable, Non-neutral Statement

Good Example:

The War of 1812 set into motion the main events that caused the Civil War.

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Developing a Thesis

Specific and Focused

Arguable, Non-neutral Statement

Avoid Vague Language and Announcements

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Developing a Thesis

Avoid Vague Language and Announcements

Bad Example:

In this essay, I will outline the arguments for and against sex education in schools.

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Developing a Thesis

Avoid Vague Language and Announcements

Bad Example:

In my opinion, the Women’s Center performs a valuable service on campus and deserves a budget renewal.

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Developing a Thesis

Avoid Vague Language and Announcements

Good Example:

The Women’s Center performs a valuable service on campus and deserves a budget renewal.

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Developing a Thesis

Specific and Focused

Arguable, Non-neutral Statement

Avoid Vague Language and Announcements

Provides a Map for the Reader (optional)

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Developing a Thesis

Provides a Map for the Reader

Good Example:

Black Elk Speaks accurately represents Indian lifestyle through its attention to cultural detail, its use of Indian words, and its direct quotes from Black Elk.

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Developing a Thesis

Provides a Map for the Reader

Good Example:

At least twenty-five percent of the federal budget should be spent on helping upgrade business to clean technologies, researching renewable energy sources, and planting more trees in order to control or eliminate pollution.