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Writing a working thesis statement for my critical review outline

Writing a working thesis statement for my critical review outline

Following the critical reading and methodical note-taking of the article being reviewed, it is important to prepare a strong thesis statement because it will facilitate the development of the outline of the critical review. The thesis statement will be the main framework of the review and it will be used at the end of the introduction paragraph that will introduce the development of arguments to explain my take on the article.

According to Skene, “a strong thesis will acknowledge both strengths and limitations of the article” and it is formulated “based on your overall evaluation.” To formulate my thesis statement for my critical review of Fernsten and Reda’s article, Helping students meet the challenges of academic writing, what I did was to find first the article’s objective, which is articulated in the abstract. After that, I compared it with the articles’ thesis statement, arguments and evidences, and tested if the conclusion meets the objective. When I found out that the body of the article and findings do not directly address the objective, and the title of the paper, I focused on the positive aspects of the research that adds value to the research objective. Then, I formulated my working paper statement, balancing the strong and weak points of the paper.

Below is my working thesis statement:

Fernsten and Reda’s article, Helping students meet the challenges of academic writing, succeeds in sharing strategies that educators can use to help students overcome ‘negative writer identity’ through the reflective writing process, but it does not offer recommendations on how to surmount the challenges that are specific to academic writing.

Now that I have defined my working thesis statement, my next step will be to outline the development of my ideas in preparation for drafting my critical review.’

Works Cited

Fernsten, Linda A., and Mary Reda. “Helping Students Meet the Challenges of Academic Writing.” Taylor & Francis, 4 Mar. 2011, www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13562517.2010.507306?scroll=top&needAccess=true.

Skene, Allyson. “Writing a Critical Review.” The Writing Centre, University of Toronto, utsc.utoronto.ca/twc/sites/utsc.utoronto.ca.twc/files/resource-files/CritReview

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