Making a Tree Map

A Visual Guide for Your Paper

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First, you start with a thesis statement

A THESIS STATEMENT is a sentence that:

  • Makes a promise about the scope, purpose, and direction of the paper.
  • Captures the whole argument in one sentence usually near the end of the introduction.
  • Is focused and specific enough to be proven within the paper. It provides a framework for the paper.

For the Writer:

• serves as a planning tool.

• helps the writer determine the paper's

• becomes a reference point for all topic
sentences in support of the argument.

• anticipates questions about the topic.

For the reader:

• serves as a "map" to follow through the paper.

• keeps the reader focused on the argument

• engages the reader in the argument

• offers enough detail for the reader to grasp the argument

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A well-written thesis goes beyond the obvious and discovers what it is you have to say.

Drafting a Thesis

  • In one word, what is the topic of your paper?

  • What are you going to prove about this topic? What is your argument?

  • How can your argument be proven? Convince your reader that your argument is true and right! Use strong and solid reasons (3 main ideas).

A.) ____________________________________

B.) ____________________________________

C.) ____________________________________

  • At this point, you know your topic, your argument, and your evidence for your argument. Put your argument with your evidence, and this will serve as your working thesis.

Forming the Tree Map

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