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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 Javier Ibarra-Isassi. Javier is a PhD candidate in Biology and his research is focused on answering the questions where organisms are in the world and why they are there. He has a soft spot for ants, so he chose these little creatures as the model system of his research. Before coming to Montreal, he completed his BSc in El Salvador and his MSc in Brazil. Javier has experience in publishing and peer-reviewing academic articles and presenting his research in international conferences. When not doing research, Javier is teaching, reading, or honing his cooking skills.


Section 1
October 15, 2021, 09:00 - 11:00, Fri

Disclaimer: Available spots is an estimation.
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