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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 INCOHERENT. Reintroduce thesis statement when introducing new sources, new concepts etc. 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 CONCEPTS. 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. Ask yourse
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