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November 7

posted Nov 7, 2012, 6:03 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Nov 7, 2012, 6:04 AM ]
Today you'll have more time to work on your upcoming ASSESSMENT 4, DUE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8

You should be finishing up your second turning point today and starting in on your introductory paragraph, along with a strong thesis statement. 

To check to see if you're ready, read the turning point paragraphs you've written so far. 
Ask yourself if each one has:

Once you're satisfied with your two turning point paragraphs, it's time to work on your thesis statement and opening paragraphs.

Writing your thesis:
The question you're trying to answer is Where do turning points in history come from, and how do they change the events that follow them?
so your thesis statement needs to answer this question in a single sentence. To help you figure this out, look a the two turning points you've addressed and ask yourself these questions:
  • Are there any similarities among where your turning points came from or what they led to? If so, you can focus on that for your thesis with something like:
    • Turning points in history can emerge from (or lead to) (whatever that similarity is: conflicts, new ideas, popular movements, etc.)
  • Are there real differences among where your turning points came from or what they led to? If so, you can focus on that for your thesis with something like:
    • Historical turning points can come from many different sources (or lead to very different results, or something like that)
  • Can you attribute the turning points you've discussed to a particular type of event, person, or other feature? If so, something like this might work:
    • Although turning points in history can be very different, many occur due to a strong leader (or unexpected event, or whatever you've identified)
  • Are your turning points actually connected to each other? Did the first one cause the second one? Or did the first one cause something else, (which caused something else), which caused the second one? If so, try something like:
    • Historical turning points can lead to many unexpected events, even more turning points.
  • Or look for something else that allows you to talk about the two turning points you've chosen. Find some way to prepare the discussion you're about to have about turning points. Look for a tidy way to answer the main question while still giving a hint of which direction you'll be taking the discussion.
3 Important Points:
  1. None of the thesis statements above names a particular turning point. Yours can, or it doesn't have to. You decide. Just try to keep it as one, well-organized sentence.
  2. All of them include the words "turning points" and all of them discuss either where they come from, what they lead to, or both. Yours should, too.
  3. DO NOT COPY the thesis statements above to use as your own. Use them as models to help you create one of your own.
Introductory Paragraph
Once you've written your thesis statement, and you're happy with it, you're ready to write the rest of your opening paragraph. If you need help with this, try these links:

HOMEWORK: 20 minutes minimum working on your assessment (collecting research, writing your thesis & introductory paragraph, creating reference list, etc.)
Tomorrow when you get to class you should have the following FINISHED:
  1. Opening paragraph, with thesis statement
  2. Turning Point 1, with citations
  3. Turning Point 2, with citations
Tomorrow in class we'll work on the causal paragraph, your conclusion, and reference lists. And turning it in on time.