Working thesis aid to unity

Students usually have no difficulty asserting an opinion. Supporting that opinion is an entirely different matter.

Supporting an opinion means sticking to one idea. Beginning writers are not very good at that. Their writing is usually stream of consciousness with misspellings rather than logical reasoning with supporting evidence.

Having a good working thesis statement, however, helps student writers determine what to put in their essays and what to leave out. Savvy students (who typically are students taught by a savvy writing teacher) select a working thesis to use in thinking about their writing project.

If the thesis statement turns out to be workable, they have the biggest chunk of their writing planned.  If it turns out to be unworkable, they haven’t wasted hours composing and their thinking can usually be turned into a workable plan without a great deal more effort.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Teaching writing

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s