Part I: Research Topic and Abstract: Students will submit a well thought out dra
Part I: Research Topic and Abstract:
Students will submit a well thought out draft of their Research thesis, as well as an accompanying abstract (a brief description of their thesis) of their paper.
Part II: Outline:
Using the attached outline as a guide, students will submit a rough outline of their Research papers in addition to a completed bibliography.
Your thesis statement is one of the most important parts of your paper. It expresses your main argument succinctly and explains why your argument is historically significant. Think of your thesis as a promise you make to your reader about what your paper will argue. Then, spend the rest of your paper–each body paragraph–fulfilling that promise.
Your thesis should be between one and three sentences long and is placed at the end of your introduction. Just because the thesis comes towards the beginning of your paper does not mean you can write it first and then forget about it. View your thesis as a work in progress while you write your paper. Once you are satisfied with the overall argument your paper makes, go back to your thesis and see if it captures what you have argued. If it does not, then revise it. Crafting a good thesis is one of the most challenging parts of the writing process, so do not expect to perfect it on the first few tries. Successful writers revise their thesis statements again and again.
As you complete this assignment make sure:
Topic is relevant, has clear statement
Vague arguments are avoided, thus allowing author to focus on specific event or issues
Prior literature along with facts are checked and supported by sources
Chronology is included if historic events are mentioned
Outline with thesis statement & structure
One idea – one paragraph rule helps define key ideas, connecting them to thesis statement
Thesis Checklist When revising your thesis, check it against the following guidelines:
1. Does my thesis make a historical argument?
2. Does my thesis take a position that requires defending?
3. Is my thesis historically specific?
4. Is my thesis focused and precise?
5. Does my thesis answer the question, “so what?”?