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  1. The Paper

  2. Why. (aka Objectives) • To continue developing strong academic research skills. • To continue developing formal essay writing skills. • To allow students to select a topic of interest to them to investigate in depth.

  3. Why. (aka no really, why?) • My Goal: To facilitate your ability to better interact with the world around you. • This requires: • Baseline knowledge • Conceptual foundation • “Critical thinking” • Communication skills

  4. Areas of Focus: Thesis, Substantiation, Process • An effective thesis: • Tells us something we don’t already know. • Contradicts an existing belief. • Offers a solution to an existing problem/issue. • An effective thesis is: • Clear and concise • Written in third person • Subject of the essay. • An effective thesis does: • State an opinion • Given insight into argument

  5. Areas of Focus: Thesis, Substantiation, Process • An effective thesis: • Tells us something we don’t already know. • Contradicts an existing belief. • Offers a solution to an existing problem/issue. “Chinese immigration has changed in many ways due to factors in both China and Canada.” 2) “The Chinese Exclusion Act and the xenophobic feelings towards the Chinese in Canada were necessary to/for the proper integration of Chinese culture into the Canadian mosaic.” 3) Canada’s multiculturalistic society is causing the merging, erosion and death of many cultures in its borders.

  6. Areas of Focus: Thesis, Substantiation, Process Or… that which the author must show to be true, in order for his/her claim to be accepted by the reader.

  7. Areas of Focus: Thesis, Substantiation, Process Claim: Burdens: Appeal to authority Analogy Logic How to prove your burdens? Evidence/Data Disproving the contrary

  8. Areas of Focus: Thesis, Substantiation, Process • What is the best PROCESS for writing a stellar essay? • There is no ONE BEST FIT. It’s what works for you. • HOWEVER, if your process does not include: • Thinking • Planning • Substantiation • Revision x 3 • External editing • It is likely a deficientacademicprocess.

  9. So what’s your paper ‘on’? 1- An aspect of immigration you have seen from your interviews/project to date that you wish to explore in a formal, academic nature. 2- Connection to your group’s immigration/presence in Canada during the 19th Century and the mutual impact of that presence.