Alright! Now we are really digging into the GA! It’s time to start putting together many of the pieces that we have been talking about so far.
To begin, take a moment to look back over Ch. 5 of the AGWR – particularly the section on finding your thesis. Notice that Emily Brauer Rogers points out that you can actually wait to find your thesis until after you have done some draft work. This approach can work for some people, but for the sake of me just checking in to see how that process is going (or any process you are using), I would like for you to come up with a draft of a thesis (that’s right, just a draft of a thesis) and post it here, for me to take a look. Along with the thesis draft, I will also ask you to do some paraphrasing work for this submission as well.
It is possible that you already have a thesis at this point, and you can just submit it. Most of you probably do not, and you will want to start by taking a look at the prompt for the GA (posted under “Modules”) one more time.
1.) Take a look at what it is that you need to achieve from the prompt. Write down in your own words, what the prompt is telling you to do. Please do also submit this paraphrasing of the prompt (just the essence in a couple sentences) here along with your thesis. Paraphrasing helps us to find out how much we actually understand about a given topic. As we try to translate the prompt into our own words, we start to notice which parts of the prompt are the most confusing because those are the parts we have the greatest difficulty translating.
2.) Next, decide what story you are talking about (we have read two, and are reading a third, so it will have to be one of those). If you choose “The Evolution of Human Science,” chances are that you will have to also talk about one of the other two also in order to make sure that you get to the word count minimum.
3.) Take a look at the story (or stories) and start to do one of two things: either go over some quotes that you think are interesting, or start brainstorming ideas that you may have (see the AGWR Ch. 5 on Brainstorming). Feel free to use any of the other techniques that Emily discusses in this chapter as well. They may seem like extra work to you, but they can be extremely useful! **** PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU FULLSCREEN THE AGWR – YOU CAN SEE THE SUBSECTIONS MORE CLEARLY LISTED TO THE LEFT******
4.) Ultimately, the best papers, and the easiest ones to write are the ones that are based on a simple truth in the text that they are examining. Don’t try to come up with a very fancy argument (it’s ok if that happens, but don’t start there). Instead, just look over the quote and/or your brainstorm, and try to see if there are any patterns occurring that might speak to what the prompt is asking you. Patterns will often indicate an underlying truth about the essence of the text that produces this noticeable repetition. For example, if you were working on a short story and you noticed that the main character is constantly thinking about food, there might be some significance to that pattern. If it occur over and over again then it is usually there for a reason. Maybe the food imagery (in this imaginary story) is there to influence the reader into equating the main characters love of food with their passion for new knowledge and learning, all the while making it clear to the reader that learning can be just as essential as eating. The other reason you will be talking about patterns is that genre conventions are indeed, patterns!
5.) Write a draft of your thesis. It doesn’t have to be brilliant (probably better if it isn’t honestly). Just find something simple and true that you can ground in the text. It is true that it shouldn’t be SO simple that it’s not worth pointing out, but simple is still usually better. The easiest papers to write, again, are the ones that are based on an actual truth in the text. Then you don’t have to do any work to come up with all sorts of ideas, because they are right there in the text for you!
6.) Go over your thesis draft and see if it addresses all of the important points that the prompt is asking of you. Also take a moment to ask yourself if you could simply the grammar and say what you have to say in a more direct way.
**** PLEASE DO REMEMBER THAT A FAILURE TO SUBMIT DRAFT WORK AND/OR PREWRITING FOR A MAJOR PAPER (THIS ASSIGNMENT QUALIFIES AS THAT KIND OF DRAFT WORK AND/OR PREWRITING) CAN AFFECT YOUR FINAL PAPER GRADE AND POTENTIALLY EVEN CAUSE YOU TO FAIL THE PAPER AS A WHOLE*****
Turitin will examine your work for evidence of plagiarism.
Once you’re done, just submit you paraphrase of the prompt along with one or two versions of your thesis in the text entry field (just plain text no images please). Please be sure to label each one clearly (i.e.: paraphrase, thesis draft 1, thesis draft 2) Remember! We are just doing draft work here. You should give it your best shot, but it does not need to be perfect!For more information on The Evolution of Human Science read this:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_evolution