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Thesis Workbook

Step Three

Gathering Your Evidence

In the next few exercises, you'll go back to the text to collect evidence and think about how it relates to your starting thesis.

Here's the poem we will use as an example:

Aunt Jennifer's Tigers (1951)
by Adrienne Rich

Aunt Jennifer's tigers prance across a screen,
Bright topaz denizens of a world of green.
They do not fear the men beneath the tree;
They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.

Aunt Jennifer's fingers fluttering through her wool
Find even the ivory needle hard to pull.
The massive weight of Uncle's wedding band
Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer's hand.

When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
The tigers in the panel that she made
Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.

Watch this video to learn more.

Now go back to the text or texts you're writing about and collect some evidence to use in the three brainstorming exercises that follow. When you've got a list of observations to work with, type them into section three of your worksheet. Remember to include page numbers!

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