Below is a breakdown of that Power Point that I showed during the writing workshop. I only included the text from the Power Point not the pictures.
Hope this is helpful for you guys!
Slide 1: A thesis statement does the following:
Tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.
Is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
Directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel.
Makes a claim that others might dispute.
Is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.
Slide 2: Example of a powerful/successful thesis statement:
“Photographs have an insuperable power to determine what we recall of events, and it now seems probable that the defining association of people everywhere with the way that the United States launched pre-emptively in Iraq last year will be photographs of the torture of Iraqi prisoners by Americans in the most infamous of Saddam Hussein’s prisons, Abu Ghraib.”-Susan Songtag Regarding the Torture of Others.
Slide 3: How to cite sources. Website suggestion that will explain how to cite sources.
BookOne author1. Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (New York: Penguin, 2006), 99–100.2. Pollan, Omnivore’s Dilemma, 3.
For Images: PHOTOGRAPHER, TITLE, Place (if given) DATE.
Titles should be italicized.
The three photographers discussed during the workshop were Paul Strand, Walker Evans, and Alec Soth. Alec Soth has a fantastic website, which we looked at while we discussed his project “Sleeping by the Mississippi.” If you want to look at it some more the link for it is: http://alecsoth.com/photography/