At some point in the writing process, you will need to come up with a working thesis statement. Today, we are going to play around with crafting a thesis statement. You might ask --what does working mean here ... working thesis statement? It means that it is still a work in progress and that you are still working on it. This means it might change and develop into something different depending on what you discover as you continue writing and drafting.

Group Thesis Work

I would like you to get into writing groups to work on thesis statements. I would like to see about six groups. Each group should be formed around a particular primary source and chapter from Contending Voices.

Though everyone is encouraged to work together and share ideas, each person should write out his or her own thesis statement. The statements will share many similarities because you are writing about the same topics.

So, what should your thesis statement include?

  • You need to make certain to formally name the rhetor/writer and the primary source document. You should also mention when the source was written.
  • You should let your readers know what you are doing ---critical analysis or rhetorical analysis.
  • You should tell your readers what exactly topics you will cover in your rhetorical analysis.
  • You should also and finally tell your readers what claim or argument that you are putting forth about this particular rhetorical situation.
    • You make an argument that the primary source document was an effective piece of writing or you can say it was not effective.

Working With a Writing Process for the Critical Analysis