ENG1100 Lecture 2: September 24, 2015 Lecture Notes
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ENG1100 – Workshop in Essay Writing
September 24, 2015
Characteristics of an Effective Thesis
Critical Analysis of Topic: How can I best achieve my purpose?
oDid something happen?
oThat are the facts?
oIs there a problem/issue?
oHow did it begin and what are its causes?
oWhat exactly is the problem/issue?
oTo what larger class of things or events does it belong?
oWhat are its parts, and how are they related?
oIs it a good thing or a bad thing?
oHow serious is the problem/issue?
oWhom might it affect?
oWhat happens if we don’t do anything?
oWhat are the costs of solving the problem/issue?
oShould action be taken?
oWho should be involved in helping to solve the problems/address the issue?
oWhat should be done about this problem?
Methods of brainstorming/limiting ideas:
3. Journalist Questions (who, what when, where, why, how?)
Asking ‘so what?’ (This is the MOST important question of all)
What is my purpose?
oDo I want people to be concerned about…?
oDo I want to educate people about…?
oDo I want to dissuade people from…?
oDo I want to provide information to people to help them make a decision
Drafting a working thesis:
A statement taking a position on a debatable subject
Is it a FACT?
Is it a POSITION?
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