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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.


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