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?Developing A Thesis
Think of yourself as a member of the jury, listening into a lawyer who is presenting an opening argument. You'll have to know very soon whether the lawyer believes the accused to be guilty or not guilty, and how the lawyer plans to convince you. Readers of academic essays are like jury members: before they have look over too far, they desire to know what the essay argues also as how the writer plans to make the argument. After reading your thesis statement, the reader should think, "This essay is going to try to convince me of something. I'm not convinced yet, but I'm interested to see how I could possibly be."
An effective thesis cannot be answered that has a straight forward "yes" or "no." A thesis is absolutely not a topic; nor is it a fact; nor is it an opinion. "Reasons for your fall of communism" is truly a topic. "Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe" could be a fact known by educated people. "The fall of communism is the most advantageous thing that ever happened in Europe" is really an opinion. (Superlatives like "the best" almost always lead to trouble. It's impossible to weigh every "thing" that ever happened in Europe. And what about the fall of Hitler? Couldn't that be "the prime thing"?)
A fine thesis has two parts. It should tell what you plan to argue, and it should "telegraph" how you plan to argue-that is, what particular guidance for the claim is going where inside of your essay.
Steps in Constructing a Thesis
Initially, analyze your primary resources. Look and feel for tension, interest, ambiguity, controversy, and/or complication. Does the author contradict himself or herself? Is usually a point made and later reversed? What are the deeper implications with the author's argument? Figuring out the why to 1 or significantly more of these questions, or to related questions, will put you over the path to developing a working thesis. (Without the why, you probably have only come up by having an observation-that there are, for instance, a wide selection of different metaphors in such-and-such a poem-which is absolutely not a thesis.)
Once you have a working thesis, create it down. There may be nothing as frustrating as hitting on the useful idea for a thesis, then forgetting it at the time you lose concentration. And by crafting down your thesis you will be forced to think of it clearly, logically, and concisely. You probably will not be able to write down out a final-draft version of your thesis the earliest time you try, but you'll get yourself around the right track by producing down what you have.
Keep your thesis prominent as part of your introduction. A solid, standard site to your thesis statement is in the stop of an introductory paragraph, primarily in shorter (5-15 web page) essays. Readers are put into use to finding theses there, so they immediately pay out a whole lot more attention when they read through the last sentence of your introduction. Although this will not be required in all academic essays, it is mostly a superb rule of thumb.
Anticipate the counterarguments. Once you have a working thesis, you should think about what could possibly be claimed against it. This will help you to definitely refine your thesis, and it will also make you think in the arguments that you'll demand to refute later on within your essay. (Every argument has a counterargument. If yours doesn't, then it's not an argument-it may be a fact, or an opinion, but it really is simply not an argument.)
Michael Dukakis lost the 1988 presidential election considering he failed to campaign vigorously after the Democratic National Convention.
This statement is on its way to being a thesis. However, it is too trouble-free to imagine likely counterarguments. For example, a political observer would likely believe that Dukakis lost given that he suffered from the "soft-on-crime" image. Should you complicate your thesis by anticipating the counterargument, you'll strengthen your argument, as revealed inside the sentence below.
Though Dukakis' "soft-on-crime" image hurt his chances during the 1988 election, his failure to campaign vigorously after the Democratic National Convention bore a greater responsibility for his defeat.
Some Caveats and Some Examples
A thesis is never a question. Readers of academic essays expect to have questions discussed, explored, or even answered. A question ("Why did communism collapse in Eastern Europe?") will not be an argument, and without an argument, a thesis is dead from the water.
A thesis is never a list. "For political, economic, social and cultural reasons, communism collapsed in Eastern Europe" does a ideal job of "telegraphing" the reader what to expect inside essay-a section about political reasons, a section about economic reasons, a section about social reasons, including a section about cultural reasons. However, political, economic, social and cultural reasons are pretty considerably the only probable reasons why communism could collapse. This sentence lacks tension and doesn't advance an argument. All people knows that politics, economics, and culture are important.
A thesis should never be vague, combative or confrontational. An ineffective thesis would be, "Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe due to the fact communism is evil." This is hard to argue (evil from whose perspective? what does evil mean?) and it is doubtless to mark you as moralistic and judgmental rather than rational and thorough. What's more, it may spark a defensive reaction from readers sympathetic to communism. If readers strongly disagree with you right off the bat, they may stop reading.
An effective thesis has a definable, arguable claim. "While cultural forces contributed to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the disintegration of economies played the key role in driving its decline" can be an effective thesis sentence that "telegraphs," so that the reader expects the essay to have a section about cultural forces and another about the disintegration of economies. This thesis makes a definite, arguable claim: that the disintegration of economies played a increased important role than cultural forces in defeating communism in Eastern Europe. The reader would react to this statement by thinking, "Perhaps what the author says is true, but I am not convinced. I hope to look over further to see how the author argues this claim."
A thesis should be as clear and special as conceivable. Avoid overused, general terms and abstractions. For example, "Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe basically because with the ruling elite's inability to address the economic concerns in the people" is a great deal more powerful than "Communism collapsed due to societal discontent."
Copyright 1999, Maxine Rodburg in addition to the Tutors with the Crafting Center at Harvard University
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