Archive for Thesis Writing

Multi-Paragraph Introductions

Like many teachers, I find myself moving away from encouraging a five-paragraph format.  The students, however, are more resistant and like that a five-paragraph format gives them a clear format to follow.  They don’t like having to test the waters because they are afraid of being wrong.  But this is part of the problem.  I don’t want my students to be married to a form; I want them to be married to proving their ideas. Read more

Writing Complex Theses

Let’s be honest, there are many times that I listen to my business friends talk and the casual conversation seems so full of jargon and unknown words that I easily find myself dozing off.  To my friends, this conversation makes complete sense and they actually think they are “dumbing down” the language for me.  However, it doesn’t matter how many times I hear about sub-prime mortgages or adjustable rates or amortization…I won’t get it.

I often think the same is true with my students.  That I use language that I think is clear, but, ultimately, it sounds like Spanish to them.  Specifically, thesis statements.  There are many times in which I use words that are apt, like “complex” and “insightful,” but, to my students, I might as well be saying “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”  The words are synonymous to my students. Read more