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Thesis Paper/Essay  SUGGESTED PROCESS

 

After you have figured out your focus/ topic/ issue/ interest and sufficiently narrowed your focus:

 

Step 1: Write your thesis

 

Step 2: Create a thought web/brainstorm

 

Step 3: Write your topic sentences

 

Step 4:  Write your body paragraphs using TIQA

 

Step 5:  Write your introduction

 

Step 6:  Write your conclusion

 

TIQA

 

Your body paragraphs should provide a topic sentence.  The rest of the paragraph should provide a context for a quotation or a paraphrase of an example.  Then you should provide the analysis (explain your thinking/your point; explain why you chose this quotation/ explain its relevance.) and explain how the quotation supports/relates to your thesis.  DO NOT merely tell your reader what the quotation means; this can lead to summarizing rather than analyzing.

 

Topic Sentence

Introduce quotation: put the quote in context

Quote: provide your quote

Analyze: explain to the reader the importance of the quotation and how it supports your topic sentence and ultimately your thesis.