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Title: Aim: How do you compose an effective thesis?


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Aim How do you compose an effective thesis?
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Aim How do you compose an effective thesis?
Argumentative
Controversial
Analytical not Evaluative
About the readings, not the real world
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Aim How do you compose an effective thesis?
Topic
Thesis
vs
General
Specific
Objective
Subjective
Word or phrase
Sentence
What do you see?
What are you saying ABOUT what you see?
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Aim How do you compose an effective thesis?


Thesis


Analogy between his love and summer
The speaker draws an analogy between love and
summer to develop the timeless nature of her
beauty.
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Aim How do you compose an effective thesis?
That's not a case, only a general area. A
thesis, on the other hand, makes a specific case
it tries to prove something. One way to tell a
thesis from a topic if it doesn't have an active
verb, it's almost certainly still a topic.
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Aim How do you compose an effective thesis?
That's the business of book reviewers. No need
to give thumbs-up or thumbs-down evaluate the
work on its own terms.
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Aim How do you compose an effective thesis?
It doesn't say much just some vague indication
that a topic is worth attention. It's easy to
change any topic to this kind of wishy-washy
thesis, but the word "important" (like its
synonyms, "significant," "worth consideration,"
and so on) won't do. This thesis is also weak
because it's not controversial who in his or
her right mind would argue with it? Yeah, Moll is
obsessed with money, and it's obvious to anyone
who opens the book. You have to say something
that's not obvious.
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Aim How do you compose an effective thesis?
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Too Factual
Too broad
Thesis
Too vague
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Aim How do you compose an effective thesis?
Too Factual The first polygraph was developed
by Dr. John A. Larson. Revised Because the
polygraph has not been proved reliable, even
under the most controlled conditions, its use by
private employers should be banned (Consequence).

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Aim How do you compose an effective thesis?
Too Broad Mapping the human genome has many
implications for health and science. Revised
Although scientists can now detect genetic
predisposition to specific diseases, not everyone
should be tested for these diseases.
(Significance)
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Aim How do you compose an effective thesis?
Too Vague The way the TV show ER portrays
doctors and nurses is interesting. Revised
The writers of ER dramatize the experiences of
doctors and nurses to portray health care
professionals as unfailingly caring and noble.
(Reason)
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In each of the following pairs, which sentence
might work well as a thesis for a short paper?
What is the problem with the other one? Too
Factual, too broad, or too vague?
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Too Broad
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Too Vague
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Too Factual
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Too Broad
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Too Factual
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Aim How do you compose an effective thesis?


Thesis


Success is like...
Significance? Consequence? Reason?
What you are saying ABOUT what you see
mountain climbing!
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