·Identify the specific topic that you plan to write on for your Academic Essay and explain briefly why you have chosen this focus.
·Post a preliminary thesis for that topic, applying what you learned about strong thesis statements in the Reading and Learning Activities
·Post an outline that identifies at least 2–3 supporting details. Remember that the more detailed your outline is, the stronger your plan for success in the Academic Essay will be. This week, you will create a thesis statement for your upcoming Unit 6 Assignment. To review, a thesis is a sentence that reflects the main point/idea of your paper.
Remember that a strong thesis:
•Is a complete sentence, not a question, not a title
•Is very specific (to your topic/focus)
•Identifies the writer’s position/point about the topic
•Is formal, avoiding first and second person
•Avoids announcements like “In this paper, we will“ or “this paper will..” or “I plan to…”
•Is placed in the introduction of your paper; it should be the very last sentence of the introduction
When creating a thesis, you might start by forming a specific question you want your paper to answer or that the audience needs to have answered.
For example, let’s say that you want to write a paper that focuses on the reasons why obesity rates have risen in children. A research question might be “What are the causes of the rise in obesity in children?”
You could then explore the question, using some of the prewriting techniques covered in Unit 2. Use that prewriting work to form a sentence.
The thesis, then, might look something like this: The rise in obesity in children is caused by the increase in sedentary lifestyle and a dependence on fast foods.
The answer is your preliminary thesis. Notice that the thesis indicates the subject (rise in obesity in kids) and the author’s specific POINT about the subject (that it is caused by those two factors).
One final note:Keep in mind that as you draft and research and revise, you will most likely revise your thesis, making it stronger and clearer.
I hope this helps you get started. Of course, if you have any questions, please let me know. I attached the sample of how it should look. This will be ongoing. I will have to have a completed paper for the next unit on this topic as well. I attached the article that we are writing on. I just want to remind you that I am a recovering alcoholic, so this is why I choose this article. Let me know if you have any questions. 🙂