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ACT 490 CUE Auditing Assurance Service Paper
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ACT 490 – CUE: Auditing/Assurance Service
Writing A Strong Thesis Statement and Supporting Paper
Here’s how it works:
Overall topic – the Civil War
Original idea (but makes a very weak thesis statement): The North and South fought the Civil War for many reasons, some were the same and some were different.
Working thesis (the one you think about as you’re analyzing and beginning to write the paper): While both sides fought the Civil War over the issue of slavery, the North fought for moral reasons while the South fought to preserve its own culture and customs.
Final thesis statement (the revised one you finally use when you finish the paper): While both Northerners and Southerners believed they fought against tyranny and oppression, Northerners focused on the oppression of slaves while Southerners defended their own right to self-government.
Most students stop thinking about how to improve their thesis when they write their “working thesis”; however, what makes the “final thesis” much stronger than the “working thesis” statement?
Here is another example that might help you develop stronger thesis statements:
(1) Start with a topic, such as discrimination against Japanese Americans during World War II. Note that this is very general. At this stage, you cannot write a paper on this topic, because you have no path into the material.
(2) Develop an idea or a question about the topic, as in “why did government officials allow discrimination against Japanese Americans?”
(3) Develop a unique perspective on your question that answers it: Government officials allowed discrimination against Japanese Americans because it provided a concrete enemy for people to focus on.
(4) Revise, polish, and complicate your thesis statement: Government officials allowed discrimination against Japanese Americans not because it was in the nation’s interest, but because it provided a concrete enemy for people to focus on.
Let’s work through one more example:
Overall topic – Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn
Original idea, but a weak thesis statement: Huckleberry Finn is a great American novel.
Working thesis is what you are thinking about as you further analyze your evidence and begin to write your paper: In Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain develops a contrast between life on the river and life on the shore.
Now apply these overall guidelines for strong thesis statements:
Final revised thesis that presents your personal interpretation, based on the evidence: Through its contrasting river and shore scenes, Twain’s Huckleberry Finn suggests that to find the true expression of American democratic ideals, one must leave “civilized” society and go back to nature.
Here is one way to analyze each paragraph of the body of your essay:
Some of the examples in this handout were adopted from material from the following sources:
The University of North Carolina Writing Center, http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/thesis.html
Bowdoin College Writing Guides, http://www.bowdoin.edu/writing-guides/thesis.htm
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