Handout: Common Thesis Complaints

This handout I made in sheer frustration after hearing the same complaints about thesis formulation over and over again from my students. I’ve learned in my previous experience that when I use more meaningful issues for thesis examples, students tend to focus on content and not form. Here I’ve modeled different kinds of thesis framing for them using the very important topic of presidential rabbits. You’ll see the ghosts of several They Say / I Say templates in the thesis forms, but remade with rabbits.

 

 

 

 

 

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Visiting Lecturer at University of Illinois at Chicago |

Annah Browning is a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department and the Honors College at The University of Illinois-Chicago. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. from the Program for Writers at The University of Illinois-Chicago, and she is the author of a chapbook, The Marriage (Horse Less Press, 2013). Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, North American Review, The Kenyon Review Online, Verse Daily, Willow Springs, and other journals, and have received awards and recognition from Boulevard, Indiana Review, Blue Mesa Review, and Vermont Studio Center. Her research interests include creative writing pedagogy, the Gothic, Romanticism, Emily Dickinson, persona poetry, and lyric theory. She is Poetry Editor of Grimoire, an online literary magazine of dark arts  and Associate Editor of During Office Hours.

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