CRCJ 3003 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Thesis Statement

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CRCJ 3003
Dec 2
Revising your organisation and argument
-writing shouldn’t be done in first sitting
-don’t always need to finish sentences in draft. Most important is to get thoughts down
-difficult to revise work since we can only read it in a subjective manner.
-best way to read objectively is to read from start to finish after the draft is complete.
-find out what readers are looking for and see if your paper addresses it.
Revising thesis and reasons
-analysis and reasons are already collected but they must speak to thesis statement
-need to make sure they are connected
- need to identify substance and strength of arguments. Does substance of argument match substance
of reasons?
-make sure you’re not misrepresenting the data you are using.
Coherency of whole paper, Key terms
-try and split up your paper with paragraphs. However, creating paragraphs that are too short interrupt
the flow of the paper
-whenever you change arguments, reasons or topic, change paragraphs.
Revising introductions and conclusions
-avoid making broad, grandiose statements about the world.
Common structure of introductions
-make thesis statement very obvious.
-go back to introductions in the end.
-make sure that you do everything that you said you would in your introduction
Writing conclusions
-self reflection statement: difficulties and “speed bumps” during research.
-Provide citations for the take home exams. What page in the articles that you’re paraphrasing.
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