Strategies for writing a thesis

In some essays, the writer takes an exploratory approach, perhaps dealing with a variety of proposals and solutions. The conclusion states the thesis almost as if it is a discovery, allowing the reader to make the discovery along with you. However, this can be a difficult technique to carry off. The thesis, even though it may go unstated until the very end, should nevertheless serve as the inevitable controlling force for the entire essay.

  ABC brainstorm
  clock buddies
  column notes
  CD map
  graphic organizers
  history frames
  inquiry chart
  K - W - L
  power thinking
  questioning the author
  pattern puzzles
  RAFT papers
  reciprocal teaching
  semantic feature analysis
  story maps
  3-minute pause
  3 - 2 - 1
  venn diagrams
  word maps

Jim Wilcox, teacher-consultant with the Oklahoma Writing Project , requires his college students to volunteer at a local facility that serves the community, any place from the Special Olympics to a burn unit. Over the course of their tenure with the organization, students write in a number of genres: an objective report that describes the appearance and activity of the facility, a personal interview/profile, an evaluation essay that requires students to set up criteria by which to assess this kind of organization, an investigative report that includes information from a second source, and a letter to the editor of a campus newspaper or other publication.

Strategies for writing a thesis

strategies for writing a thesis


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