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Narrowing Your Topic
Directions: Complete the graphic organizer below. Copy and paste this page into your own document. Delete the example topics and subtopics and insert your own. You can find narrower topics, subtopics, and main points by skimming through your sources - especially tables of contents of books and subheadings in articles. You may add boxes if you need them.
Below is an example for the thesis, "The three characters in The Crucible most responsible for the deaths in Salem are Abigail Williams, Tituba, and Judge Danforth."
(Example: The Three Characters in The Crucible Most Responsible for the Deaths in Salem)
(Example: Abigail Williams)
(Example: Judge Danforth)
Formulating a Thesis Statement (Controlling Idea)
Examples: Who were the three characters most responsible for the deaths in Salem? Would the deaths have occurred without Abigail? Without Tituba? Without Judge Danforth? What evidence against these characters can be found? How many sources provide the information. Will I have enough information to write several pages to meet the required length of the assignment?
(Note: This is you working thesis. In your real thesis, you may not use first person "I.")
Working thesis: I will prove that three characters were responsible for the deaths in The Crucible.
Real Thesis: The three characters in The Crucible most responsible for the deaths in Salem are Abigail Williams, Tituba, and Judge Danforth.
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