Discussion #3 | en 106 | Park University

Discussion Topic

We will use this discussion to generate and respond to working thesis statements for Essay #2.

Greene and Lidinsky present four helpful models for formulating a working thesis:

  • The Misinterpretations model: “Although many have argued X, a careful examination suggests Z.”
  • The Gap model: “Although others have noted X, they have overlooked the importance of Y.”
  • The Modification model: “Although I agree with the X and Y ideas of other writers, it is important to extend/refine/limit their ideas in this way…”
  • The Hypothesis-testing model: “While some writers explain X by suggesting Y, a close analysis of the problem reveals several competing explanations…”

These thesis models are certainly not the only options available to you, but they do offer ways to enter an academic conversation and make a contribution that extends beyond merely summarizing or echoing someone else’s ideas.

In your initial post, do the following:

  • Use two of the thesis models above to craft two potential working thesis statements you could use in this unit’s essay
  • Write a paragraph or so defining the audience you plan to write your essay to. Explain who this audience is, why you have chosen this audience, and what techniques you plan to use in your essay to connect with this audience.

In your follow-up posts, respond to at least two classmate’s posts by doing both of the following:

  • Explain the types of supporting evidence you would expect to see for each working thesis statement. 
  • Suggest at least one way your classmate could appeal to their chosen audience for Essay #2.

A NOTE ABOUT ACADEMIC HONESTY: This unit, we will brainstorm, draft, and respond to potential thesis statements for your essays. Please do not assume that other students’ thesis statements are “up for grabs.” There are a many possibilities for thesis statements and while you may glean tips and strategies for yours from this unit’s interaction, you should be careful not to claim another student’s thesis wording as your own.







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