Intro and Thesis: Guide
This is a formatting guide for students writing academic essays. Several tips are from the first few chapters of They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing.
- comprise 10% of your paper or project (the same goes for conclusions, btw).
- begin with what “they say" by using a quote, anecdote, or piece of data from a class readings, essay, review, etc. as a springboard for your argument. Critical analyses don’t just start; they are provoked.
- include appropriate formatting for writing about film and television.
- cite examples when possible.
- end strong with your thesis, or what “you say” (i.e., a response to what “they say”).
Theses should be...
- arguable, meaning one could agree and disagree with it
- able to be supported with evidence
- clearly stated
- feature first-person pronouns (e.g., In this essay, I will argue...)