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Welcome to Write Away! Today, we're learning about how to write a thesis for an academic paper. Throughout the class you'll learn some common mistakes that happen when writing a thesis, where a thesis goes, and will be given a thesis formula. 

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Kelcie Scott

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Hello, I'm Kelcie! I'm a forever student and a teacher on Skillshare. I love to write, and I love working with writers to make them stronger at writing! Even if you think aren't a writer, it's probably because you haven't taken one of my classes yet!

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1. How To Write A Thesis: Hi there. My name is Kelsey. And welcome to my channel. Right away Here, we're gonna be learning how to take our writing to the next level, whether we have a super solid foundation or for still really struggling to get the building blocks in place. We'll be working with creative and academic writing. I, as I mentioned my name is Kelsey, and I've spent the last two years working in a writing center, and I've learned a lot of tips and tricks to either take your creative or academic writing up to the next level. I'm also an established author who's been published in multiple places and is currently going to pursue her masters in creative writing. Together, we're gonna create some really beautiful stuff because, as I'm sure you know, the best writers never stop learning growing, writing and honing in on their craft together. Let's create something beautiful for my very first ever skill share video. I decided to do a video on one of the things that gives more people anxiety and frustration than any other thing out there When it comes to academic writing the thesis, if you've ever gotten uncomfortable when someone has asked you. You show me where thesis is. Don't worry, you're not alone, and I'm here to help you. By the end of this class, you'll have, AH, formula that will help you write pieces is in the future as well as a working faces for any paper that you might be working on, or just a great often example for you to have moved forward. What's important to me is, by the time that you leave this class, you feel comfortable writing pieces is. So let's get started. First things first. Let's talk about why thesis is are so important to our any paper, your writing. You can think of it as a road trip. You're taking your readers along on a journey, and it could be a credible, wonderful adventure that they're excited to be on. We'd brighter pieces. It's basically giving those readers a road map of everywhere we're going to go. This helps them wrap their minds around the argument that you're going to make and the importance of the paper. We don't have a good road map. We have a lot of people that are going into the road trip really skeptical, Pessimistic. Nobody wants a road trip with somebody like that because at the end of the day, they're gonna have a lot of refuting points for your paper. And that's the last thing we want this writers. So we're gonna talk about how to write concise, tight basis, some of the issues that come up when people are writing thesis is and how to avoid them. And I'm gonna leave you with the formula that helped you write a thesis moving forward. So we're really gonna break a thesis down to its original building. Let's talk about a couple of issues that writers tend to make from time to time when they're writing a thesis. First, your thesis can be too broad, and it doesn't let us know where we're going. A great example of this is a thesis that states everyone should plant native plants. If your argument is that everyone should plant native plants in their yard instead of press , that is a much stronger beginning of a thesis. Then just saying that everyone should play breast despite the fact that it's your argument , we need to know specifically where we're going and what your issue with grasses. It's fine if you don't really want everyone to plant grass in your yard, but we need to know specifically where you're going and why going there. So understanding the reason of why you don't want anyone to plant grass in their yard is critical in order to write a thesis. Alright, problem number two, you don't let us know where you're going. If you have a really long paper, you need to give some indicators. Some of those things they're going to be talking about it doesn't mean you have to give the whole entire paper away. But to continue on the example of planting native plants in your yard instead of playing to grass, your thesis could read something like planting native plants in your yard is important instead of planting grass because it is better for ecosystem and conserves water, and it helps promote life cycles for natural pollinators in your area. This gives us a clear example of where you're going and the fact that you're going to give us ahead of time so we can get on board and be prepared for your paper. Some other best practices that you might want to keep in mind. Don't be definitive in your argument. Sure, we're trying to make an argument. But if you say every single yard must be planted with natural plants and not grass, you're basically excluding grass. And someone could make an argument that grasses natural some certain habitats and would be fine there to the other thing you want to make sure that you don't do is you don't want to use second person. If this means that you don't want to say, you need to plan natural grass in your heart. Now sometimes depending on the paper that you're having right, it could be completely acceptable. However, for most basis is if you try and avoid, it is the best practice that you'll definitely want to follow. Don't worry, we're getting to the formula right now, so let's go ahead and talk about how you do write a strong thesis through a really simple formula that you could refer back to. So think of a basis like this thesis is equal to a claim belief, argument or idea, plus a conjoined ing word like because if, although then when, plus, and then I put these in brackets just going to help me get a deeper understanding of it plus reason one plus reason Teoh plus reason. Three. Let's go ahead and break that down with an example. Say I have to write an argumentative paper about what the best kind of pets are human beings. My claim might be dogs are the best pets for human beings my conjoined ing word could be. And then I'm gonna come up with three reasons that support that that, basically, is what I will be writing about throughout my paper. So it could be that they've evolved with humans over time. They are loyal and have showed heroism to protect their humans pans. They can learn fun, complex tricks. By doing this, I let you know the argument of my paper and what I'm going to be using to backing up the argument with deeper detail and information later on. All right, so let's break it down with the example that we used before. So our claim could be that people should plant plants that are natural to where they live in their front yard instead of planting standard grass. This would be my client because would be my comm joining work. And then from there I could make arguments like it helps local pollinators survive and thrive. It is better for the ecosystem because it maintains plants that have already been there, and it helps us conserve water depending on the area. This lets people know throughout the paper. I'm going to be talking about these three ideas now. Keep in mind the longer your paper is, potentially, your reasons and examples compete a little bit broader to help accommodate all the things that you're going to talk about. Another important thing that might have been confusing for you at some point is, where does the thesis even go? Well, it depends on the kind of paper you're writing, but for most of your papers, we can safely put our faces at the end of the first paragraph, either in the last sentence or two. Again, there are some subjects in context in which we may not want to put the thesis at that particular spot. For example, a lot of papers that are written for the second community don't necessarily put their uses statement there. However, for most of us, that's where we're going to be placing our pieces. You also want to make sure at the end of our paper and the conclusion we're recapping our thesis to bring about our main point and leave the readers with that being our last lasting . If you have a paper that you're kind of confused about where the thesis might go, feel free to reach out to me in the comments and I'll get back to you and give you some helpful information. Finally went. If I like to get writers, is the writing paper is if you already have a claim in an idea of where you want to go with paper, you can write him walk faces at the beginning and it can change. It doesn't have to stay the same the whole entire time. Keep in mind that papers air living, breathing entities, they're living their own lives and will become what they come will take you where they take you. Maybe you think you're gonna make an argument about one thing and you learn through research that you actually believe the complete opposite from it. This is an opportunity for us to grow and learn as writers are working. Original thesis may not be the same as our finished college and pieces and that's completely OK, and there's nothing wrong with having it changed over time as you grow, adapt and research further and get a deeper understanding of subjects that you're writing about. All right, everybody, That's everything that I have for you today to go over a little bit about what we talked about. We did a formula that would help us be successful for Texas. We talked about common pitfalls of thesis. Is that people? Sometimes, right? And we talked about where thesis goes in the paper, so let's go ahead and get to it. Now it's your turn. Write a thesis, whether it's a paper that you're writing now paper who had written previously that you could have gotten a better right on with butter thesis or just a made up thesis for you to practice and let's share and talk about it in the comments. I'm here to help you take your writing to the next level to make you a better writer, and I am so excited to see what you thank you so much for watching. Feel free to connect with me on instagram at kj dot kindle ng if you have any other additional questions or would like to read some of my writing until then,