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Thesis Workbook

Thesis Workbook


This workbook is designed to help you prepare for your paper conference. It will guide you through the process of brainstorming and collecting evidence, with the goal of shaping a strong thesis.

There are nine sections in this workbook:

  1. Defining Your Topic
  2. Writing Your Speculative Thesis
  3. Gathering Your Evidence
  4. Brainstorming with Idea Clouds
  5. Brainstorming with Venn Diagrams
  6. Brainstorming with Free Writing
  7. Complicating your Approach
  8. Refining Your Thesis
  9. Getting Ready to Draft

Recording and Submitting Your Work

Download the worksheet using this link and record your responses as you make your way through this workbook. Follow your instructor's directions for submitting the worksheet.

Make sure to save your work regularly so you don't lose any of it. You can revisit your work and make changes at any point. To begin, click on the "Step One" link on the navigation panel to the left.