Writing Your Thesis Statement- ENGL 112 - 10/12/12
The technique of summary and critical summary are intended to liberate
you from the written arrangements in your source materials so that you
are no longer a slave to them: putting your sources into your own words
also allows you to put them into new arrangements - with each other,
with your research proposal, etc. Rearranging source materials is also
the first step in constructing a THESIS: YOUR THESIS WILL EMERGE FROM
YOUR RESEARCH PROPOSAL.
Everything is structured around the thesis statement. Look at research
proposal to start on a thesis.
Bring ENGL Binder on Monday and Wednesday
In academic writing, MEANING AND INTELLIGIBILITY depen on an organizing
principle. High level abstractions or concepts such as "Social
Organization" or "The Role of the Media" are meant to dominate lower
level assertions: they make texts meaningful. SUCH CONCEPTS ARE CRUCIAL
FOR WRITING YOUR THESIS. Readers generally use a paper's concepts to
manage their comprehension simply becasue writers, in planning drafting
and revising their work, spend a great deal of time constructing
concepts that control adn connect details and examples. If you paper
does not supply a thesis, your reader is left to speculate and may
supply one of his/her own making: THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT THE READER'S
CONCEPTION OF YOUR THESIS MAY BE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE YOU
INTENDED. (If there is not a clear thesis, a reader will try to make
one up, leading to a completely different interpretation: Solution -
Strong Thesis Statement)
A reader always looks for a thesis statement, because thats where a
writer spends most of the time putting it together.
Conceptual information is very important to a paper. Thesis is a
concentration of concepts.
Thesis Writing: Aboutness and Coherence:
Aboutness: a thesis supplies your paper's "aboutness" by tying its
diverse items of information together. A good test for for "aboutness"
is to ask if a series of sentences you have written could be A TITLE.
It is difficult to give a title to a series of randomly strung together
sentences that have no organizing principle. IN THE CONTEXT OF ACADEMIC
WRITING, RANDOM SENTENCES HAVE NO MEANING BECAUSE A READER CANNOT SAY
FOR SURE WHAT THE WRITER IS TALKING ABOUT; SUCH RANDOMLY STRUNG
TOGETHER SENTENCES CANNOT ERAN MARKS.
Coherence: a thesis also supplies your paper with the organizing
principle of coherence. COHERENCE IS THE PRINCIPLE THAT GIVES YOUR
ENTIRE ESSAY MEANING. Coherence is supplied by the REITERATION OF YOUR
THESIS A STRATEGIC POINTS THROUGHOUT YOUR PAPER. SUCH REITERATION CONTINUALLY RE(ESTABLISHES) THE RELEVANCE OF SPECIFIC DETAILS THROUG
YOUR THESIS. PAPERS WITHOUT SUCH REITERATIONS ARE CONSIDERED
Reintroduce thesis statement when introducing new sources, new concepts
A thesis statement is always restated, research papers always have
repetitions of important points. Repetitions give paper structure,
shows readers that your have organized thoughts. PARAPHRASE, REPEAT
Every sentence should be in relation to your THESIS.
DISPROPORTION is a common form if incoherence that occurs when large
pockets of specific.concrete details are piled on top of each other in
a piece of writing when disproportion occurs, the writer fails to
convey a strong sense of the thesis to their deader, stranding him/her
in too many disconnected details. To avoid this problem, think of you
reader as always having the following question in mind: "WHY IS THE
WRITER TELLING ME THIS NOW?" IMAGINE YOUR READER ASKING HIM/HERSELF
THIS QUESTION ABOUT VERY SINGLE THING YOU WRITE. If you as a writer
cannot answer this question, you cannot reasonably expect your reader
to do so.