• PART 2 OF THE ASSIGNMENT: THESIS STATEMENT What is a thesis statement?
A thesis statement is “a proposition stated as a conclusion which you will then demonstrate or ‘prove’ in your paper.” It is the focal point around which your research will revolve.
If you choose a topic that is not of interest to you, it will show in your paper.
This topic must remain of interest to you for two semesters, so give it some serious consideration.
As we cover topics in class, undoubtedly something will come up that you want to learn more about. This part of the assignment requires that you include two to three paragraphs about why this topic is interesting and important.
Why should the reader care about Roger Williams’s relationship with the Narragansett Indians? Sustained interest in your topic is important, as a topic that bores you makes for a boring paper.
It announces, in addition to the topic, the argument you want to make or the point you want to prove.
This is your own opinion that you intend to back up. A thesis statement: i) tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.
I strongly suggest you come to office hours to discuss your topic proposal with me, because I will review all proposals for viability and reject any inappropriate or undoable topics.
The written proposal must include the following 2 things: 1.