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Title: Essay Tips for History Students


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Essay Tips for History Students
psychology
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Essay Tips for History Students
psychology
Original concept by Martin Walsh Modified by
Shaun McElroy
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You know stuff!
Have it organized in your mind by
perspective Have researchers committed to
memory Think strengths and weaknesses
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Thesis Statements
  • Thesis Statements
  • Every essay must have only one.
  • A statement is not a question, but it should
    address the question!
  • This is the point you will make in the essay.
  • This should be the last sentence in your
    introductory paragraph.
  • A good thesis must be analytical, manageable,
    specific and clear.

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Thesis Samples
  • The growth of the cognitive perspective comes as
    a reaction to the behavioral schools ignoring
    the process of the mind.
  • One significant criticism of the biological
    perspective is that it reductionist, explaining
    complex behaviors by evolutionary needs, genetics
    or brain functioning.

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Topic Sentences
  • Once you have extracted your thesis from your
    evidence, reexamine your evidence piles. These
    themes will be refined into your topic sentences.

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Now Try Outlining
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Now Try Outlining
Human behavior is primarily a result of
environmental conditions
Skinner proved that responses could be conditioned
Even Identical twins, which share the same
genetic code, do not behave similarly
Bandura showed that behavior is modeled
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Fill In the Research Holes
Do you have significant, specific, and diverse
evidence to support each topic sentence? Do the
topic sentences develop your thesis?
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Writing Focused paragraphs
  • Why?
  • Guide the writer.
  • Guide the reader.
  • Prevents your from writing a narrative.
  • May begin with simple word clues.
  • First.
  • Next.
  • Additionally.
  • Finally
  • The topic sentence
  • Your analytical opinion.
  • Develops your thesis.
  • Presents a specific idea.
  • Should be the first sentence of your paragraph.

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TEFAC -it works!!!! (paragraph structure)
Topic Sentence
Explanation
Facts
Application/Analysis
Conclusion
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TEFAC--in action
Topic Sentence Bandura showed that behavior is
modeled. Explanation Bandura studied how small
children tend to replicate behavior they
observed, especially when the model was held in
esteem.
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TEFAC--in action
FACTS (studies and researchers) In his landmark
work with pre-school children, he
bobomodel. Furthermore, his studies clearly
showed that aggression modeled on cartoons would
also be copied. Application/Analysis Banduras
work clearly illustrates how humans tend to copy
others behaviors. For example, . Advertisers
have long relied on our need to copy
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TEFAC--in action
Conclusion Banduras work clearly brings modeling
as an important tool in learning. The
implications are staggering. If a child grows in
an improvised background. Tie it to your next
thesis The best challenge to environmental
impact over genetics comes from twins raised
apart.
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Supporting Details
  • Facts and studies are required in any psychology
    paper.
  • Analysis is also a must! Take a moment to explain
    to the reader how all this information supports
    your topic sentence!

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Connecting Your Details
  • Use, know and love common English transition
    words! They will help guide your paper and
    clarify your ideas to the reader.

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Conclusions
  • Take the time to tie your thoughts together in a
    paragraph and a paper.
  • These are called conclusary sentences.
  • Also your paper must have an overall conclusion.

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You can make your examiner crazy!!! Unless you
  • include a detailed description with studies
    and/or theories and
  • The name of the theorist or researcher and
  • include an evaluation of studies and/or theories,

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Your plan should look something like this
  • Introductory paragraph.
  • - Here outline how your essay will attempt to
    answer the question.
  • Description of first study/theory. Evaluation of
    first study/theory. TEFAC
  • Description of second study/theory. Evaluation of
    second study/theory. TEFAC
  • Description of last study/theory. Evaluation of
    last study/theory. TEFAC
  • Conclusion. Your conclusion should refer back to
    the introduction and summaries the evaluation
    that has been done.
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