As it was discussed in class, the last sentence of the introduction is called the THESIS STATEMENT. And it is the backbone to your essay. Watch the two videos to revise HOW to write a THESIS STATEMENT.
Take down NOTES to be used to write or re-write your thesis statement.
Paste them onto your own e-portfolio.
Add the videos (optional)
Tips for Writing Thesis Statements
1.Determine what kind of paper you are writing:
An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.
An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.
An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence.
The claim could be
a policy proposal
a cause-and-effect statement
The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided. If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader.
2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.
3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.
4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.
PORTFOLIO ENTRY #4 1- Draw a bulleted list with the most important items discussed in the video. CITE THE SOURCES (video) and embed it in your e-portfolio. 2- Check these topic sentences. Visit the site from the Univeristy of Ottawa. Paste the paragraphs (at least 3) and the correspondig TOPIC SENTENCES. 3- "EXAMPLES of Topic sentences and how to write them": HERE DEADLINE: JUNE 1. stella
There are several ways to cite a source (MLA, Turabian, Chicago). Here you have APA Citation Style
Author(s). (Date). Title of Book/ "Title of Article"/ Title of Periodical/ Volume. Pages. Place of Publication. Publisher.
Journal or Magazine Article
Wilcox, R. V. (1991). "Shifting roles and synthetic women in Star Trek: The Next Generation". Studies in Popular Culture, 13(2), 53-65.
Journal or Magazine Article
Dubeck, L. (1990). "Science fiction aids science teaching." Physics Teacher, 28, 316-318.
Di Rado, A. (1995, March 15). "Trekking through college: Classes explore modern society using the world of Star Trek." Los Angeles Times, p. A3.
Article from an Internet Database
Mershon, D. H. (1998, November-December). "Star Trek on the brain: Alien minds, human minds." American Scientist, 86, 585. Retrieved July 29, 1999, from Expanded Academic ASAP database.
BookOkuda, M., & Okuda, D. (1993). Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future. New York: Book Pocket Books
Article or ChapterJames, N. E. (1988). "Two sides of paradise: The Eden myth according to Kirk and Spock." In D. Palumbo (Ed.), Spectrum of the fantastic (pp. 219-223). Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Encyclopedia ArticleSturgeon, T. (1995). Science fiction. In The encyclopedia Americana (Vol. 24, pp. 390-392). Danbury, CT: Grolier.
WebsiteLynch, T. (1996). DS9 trials and tribble-ations review. Retrieved October 8, 2008, from Psi Phi: Bradley's Science Fiction Club Web site: http://www.bradley.edu/campusorg/psiphi/DS9/ep/ 503r.html
Arrange the items on your reference list alphabetically by author, interfiling books, articles, etc.
Use only the initials of the authors' first (and middle) names.
If no author is given, start with the title and then the date.
If you are using a typewriter that cannot produce italics, then use underlining instead.
Magazine articles: include the month (and day) as shown under Newspapers.
Websites: if the date the page was created is not given, use (n.d.).