Forming a Topic
Writing programs and introductory courses in writing at the University emphasize - and teach - the concept of thesis. Students often restate their "thesis" as a simple conclusion at the end of the assignment in the false belief that a topic has been established an an argument developed in the interim. It is important to encourage a shared awareness of properly defining what a thesis is.
Forms a thesis or proposition as a statement that is open to investigation and debate.
Generates, refines, and reforms questions related to the thesis.
Students having trouble? Try these resources:
- Writing Introductions (UNC)
- Finding a Rhetorical Stance (Dartmouth)
- Coming up with your Topic (Dartmouth)
- Developing your Thesis (Dartmouth)
- Thesis Statements (UNC)
- The Thesis Statement (Richmond)
- Thesis: Where to End, Not Begin (Richmond)
- Brainstorming (Richmond)
- Prewriting Excercise: Cubing (Richmond)
- Freewriting: A Way Around Writer's Block (Richmond)
- Where to Start a Paper (Richmond)