3. CREATE POINTS THAT SUPPORT YOUR THESIS:

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4. NOW, DEVELOP SUPPORT FOR YOUR THESIS

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2.) Write a narrative account of a time you experienced a “life-changing event” (as above, high school graduation, earning a GED, getting your license, or winning some sports event). This may be something you only later came to realize had significantly changed your life, or one that you immediately recognized as life-changing when it happened. Again, explain what happened, how you reacted, and why you reacted the way that you did, as well as both the immediate and the long-term significance of this event, and be descriptive.

A generic structure for theses.

3.) Select an important personal item or treasured object that you own, and explain the object, its significance to you, and how you came to acquire it. You may also explain how it has affected your life since acquiring it. As above, do not focus on the obvious, such as your diploma, license, or trophy; instead, consider the love letters your great-grandmother kept, the stuffed animal you have had since your were four, a coin you have carried as a good luck charm since middle school, and so on. Be sure to both describe the object and to tell its story.


The readers of a thesis do not know what the "answer" is.

The late Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple,people don’t read anymore” (see”). Was he correct? Consider: With radio, television, cable, personal computers, smart phones, web-books, and tablets, we are living in a post-literate world, one in which people merely skim, browse, or surf rather than engaging in deep, meaningful reading for any prolonged periods of time. That is, sustained, concentrated reading—for pleasure or for knowledge—is no longer necessary or important. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?

Obviously your examiners will read the thesis.

What is your favorite text—” (novel, short story, graphic novel, and so on)—or who is your favorite author, and why? Defend your choice with specific examples.

More commonly theses are now stored in an entirely digital form.

Why are you here? That is, what is your objective or goal? How do you anticipate achieving it, and how will this class, or your education at Nassau Community College, help you to achieve this goal?

Use this to evaluate the graphic organizer.

Your essay will be evaluated in terms of Main Idea, Organization, Support, and Mechanics (Words and Sentences). Therefore, make certain your essay is not only well organized and developed, but also grammatically correct, free of errors in mechanics, grammar, usage, and spelling.

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Essays must have an appropriate, original title; contain an introduction (with an explicit, assertive thesis, underlined), several body paragraphs supporting the thesis, and an appropriate concluding paragraph; and avoid use of you throughout. Be sure to use appropriate topic sentences and transitions to guide the reader.

If you have any characteristic grammatical failings, check for them.

Whatever the University's policy on single or double-sided copies, the distribution copies could be double-sided paper, or digital, so that forests and postage accounts are not excessively depleted by the exercise.