Book or Movie Thesis Worksheet

January 10, 2018
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Name of Book or Movie:

Reason # 1 people should read/watch it:

Why is reason # 1 important? What effect does it have on the audience?
Specific example # 1:
Specific example # 2:
Specific example # 3:

Reason # 2 people should read/watch it:

Why is reason # 2 important? What effect does it have on the audience?
Specific example # 1:
Specific example # 2:
Specific example # 3:

Reason # 3 people should read/watch it:

Why is reason # 3 important? What effect does it have on the audience?
Specific example # 1:
Specific example # 2:
Specific example # 3:

Stop and think. Are these the best reasons and examples you could come up with? If not, revise. Once you have your very best ones, combine them into the working thesis below, putting them in order from least to most important:

“_____________________ is worth your time because it has ___________________ that _________
Title (underlined or italicized) Reason # 1 Effect on
_____________________, ___________________________________ that ___________________
audience Reason # 2 Effect on
_____________________, and _______________________________ that ____________________
audience Reason # 3 Effect on audience
_____________________________________________________.”

(Example: “Star Wars is worth your time because it has exciting action sequences that will keep you on the edge of your seat, interesting characters that everyone can relate to, and a mythological storyline that harkens back to some of mankind’s oldest stories.” Note: You cannot use this sentence as your thesis – write your own!)

Now write or type your working thesis on a separate piece of paper and tweak, tweak, tweak!

Critically examine it – could it be improved or tightened? Can you find anything extraneous to cut out?

Change “is worth your time” to a phrasing of your choice.

Is your thesis both clear and comprehensive?

Is it one sentence that takes a stance on the issue?

Does your thesis show the direction you want your paper to go in? If not, revise again!

Very important: Is your thesis geared towards your reader? Will your reasons appeal to him or her? Did you AVOID clichés (“You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll kiss 8 bucks goodbye!”) and shallowness / circular logic (“You should see Star Wars because it’s good / I liked it / it was a hit / Jedi Knights are cool”).

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