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The Destination, The Path, The Thesis

  • A thesis must be clear
  • A thesis must be short
  • A thesis will help reader predict
  • How to focus a thesis
  • How to brainstorm major details

The Destination, The Path, The Thesis

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Review from Last Lesson 0:27
    • Interrogative Questions
  • For This Current Lesson 1:20
  • The Map Analogy 1:36
    • Example: Asking for Directions
  • Finding 'X' on a Map 3:34
  • Finding a Path 6:20
    • Questions
  • Refining the Path 7:19
    • Find the Broadest Ideas
    • Find Ideas that Seem to go Together
    • Find Ideas that Seem to go Together, Continued
    • Find Ideas That Can Be Expanded On
    • Find Ideas That Can Be Expanded On, Continued
  • Examples of Possible Thesis 10:34
    • What's Covered and Not Covered?
  • Thesis for Descriptive Essays 12:53
    • Topic: Reality TV
    • Kinds of Reality TV
    • Bird's Eye Thesis
    • Narrow Focus Thesis
    • Comparative Thesis
  • Assignment 16:29