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GPSC36 - Crafting Strong Thesis Statements and Introductions

This workshop will focus on resolving the most common problems encountered with articulating a clear and effective thesis statement. It will guide students through editing strategies for turning static theses into arguments that respond dynamically to the evidence and engage the reader. This workshop will also distinguish thesis statements from other elements of the introduction paragraph.

This workshop will instruct students in the “evolving thesis” model of paper writing and research. Additionally, participants will have the chance to write their own thesis statements and introductions, and will spend a portion of the workshop working on their own material and providing feedback to one another.

Participants are encouraged to have ready a draft of an introduction of their own writing during the workshop.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify common problems with thesis statements,
2. Develop strategies for improving static thesis statements,
3. Consider different ways of constructing an engaging introductory paragraph, and
4. Provide and receive feedback on thesis statements and introductions.

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Pamela Tudge.

Pamela Tudge thinks of herself as part food nerd, part academic, and part environmentalist who really loves design and art that makes her think deeper about the world. As a PhD candidate in the Individualized Program, Pamela is exploring critical design as a methodology to investigate historic and contemporary domestic practices around food and waste. Pamela, has worked for over 15 years in the fields of climate science, education and the arts. She also holds a MA in Geography from UBC and a BA-Honors in Geography and Environmental Studies from the UVic.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
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