The Asian Currency Crises
Combines each of these skills and adds one final component: research. The purpose of your research paper is to create and defend a unique thesis statement through the synthesis of several different sources.
Ask hard questions—Instead of asking, “What is a pirate?” ask “Why are pirates popular today?” or “How have pirates impacted the development of a culture?” As you do research, you’ll find more of these interesting questions. Through synthesizing sources, you will come across questions that may have never been answered before. Remember, hard questions lead to solid thesis statements.
Argue a point—Convince the reader that your thesis statement is correct. Generally, this involves risk—you may not know everything about the subject. However, research will help you defend your thesis. Remember, others do not need to agree with your point—just make sure you have one and back it up with evidence.
Act as an authority—You’ve done the research. You know your sources better than most others. Because of this, you have the power to draw connections between ideas and create something that other people may have never considered before. Don’t use phrases like “I think” or “I feel.” Write in a way that lets the reader know you stand with your thesis.
When assigned to write a report or academic essay, instructors often ask students to provide abstracts along with their submissions. An abstract is a concise summary that describes a larger work of writing. These short, powerful statements—usually no more than 250 words in length—provide readers with necessary background information, gives an overview of the author’s thesis and main points, and indicates the manner in which the author will present their argument.
Desired Learning Outcomes:
Concisely summarize a larger work of writing
Identify key words and concepts in an argument
Prepare students for future academic expectations
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