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