Assisting Students to Develop and Express Thesis Statements in their Argumentative Writing

  1. Wednesday, October 17th, 20183:30pm - 4:45pm

Across departments and courses, undergraduate and graduate students are frequently assessed on their ability to craft strong thesis statements—or, statements that express the main argumentative position of the paper. Research in Writing Studies, however, points to the many challenges students experience in conceptualizing thesis statements—challenges that can be exacerbated by certain teaching practices (such as requiring thesis statements in advance of draft submissions). In this workshop, participants will explore strategies for assisting their students to develop strong thesis statements. The workshop is informed by three traditions of writing research:

  1. What do contemporary rhetoric and style manuals advise about writing thesis statements?
  2. What does interview-based analysis of actual students’ writing processes suggest about best teaching practices?
  3. What does text analysis of over 200 hundred A-graded essays across disciplines reveal about linguistic expression of thesis statements in successful student writing?  

Participants will discuss their own values for thesis-driven writing and explore strategies for refining their teaching of writing.

Event Details

  • Location:
    ZSR Library 665 (TLC Classroom)
  • Special Notes:
    ZSR 665 is in the Wilson Wing of the ZSR Library.
  • Sponsor:
  • Open To:
    Faculty, Graduate Students, Staff
  • Facilitated by:
  • Questions? Please contact:

    • Zak Lancaster: • 3749