Your purpose in this term paper is to convince your reader to read your favorite book or see your favorite movie. For this paper you’ll focus on creating and supporting a thesis. This will be a 5-paragraph essay with a “Works Cited” page but no internal cites; your term paper’s organization should follow the basic format of Introduction, Reason 1, Reason 2, Reason 3, Conclusion. This is an informal paper and can freely use I/we and offer personal opinion(s).
1. Pick topic: re-read or re-watch if necessary.
2. Brainstorm; complete thesis worksheet.
3. Finalize thesis worksheet; draft paper. Have someone review your term paper using the Peer Review Form.
4. Paper due! Please staple in this order: Paper, “Works Cited,” Peer Review Form (filled out).
If you can’t remember details about your movie for your “Works Cited,” you can look them up on the Internet Movie Database (http://www.imdb.com). If you’re lacking the same information for a book, try Books in Print Online (http://www.booksinprint.com/bip/).
What a thesis does for you:
1. Helps your grades. No matter the discipline, your professors will expect to see a thesis in all your formal papers, even impromptu essays and exam essays. Learning to formulate a thesis well will benefit you in all your classes!
2. Helps organize your thoughts. As you learned for the diagnostic essay, you should discuss your points in order from least important to most important.
3. Helps organize your paper. If, while drafting or proofreading, you find something that hasn’t been “covered” by your thesis, you need to either cut it or revise your thesis!