Choose a Controversial Topic and Develop a Working Thesis Statement Purpose: Lea
Choose a Controversial Topic and Develop a Working Thesis Statement
Purpose: Learning how to use a library database is an important first step in doing credible college
level research. Using a database to explore a topic in which you have some interest exposes you to the
issues and perspectives of others who have already researched and written on the topic. Database
research introduces you to the scholarly conversation about the topic in preparation for completing a
research project. Finding a variety of credible sources will help you to deepen your understanding of a
topic and to become a well-informed researcher.
Assignment: To complete this assignment, follow these steps:
Log into the library database Opposing Viewpoints and browse topics of interest to you.
Select a topic for use in your Oral Presentation and the forthcoming Researched Argument
After reading the topic overview for your selected topic and reviewing some of the relevant
articles, post a brief reflection (about 200 words) on the discussion board about what you have
learned and provide an explanation of why this topic matters to you.
Conclude your post with a sentence that is your working thesis statement. You will keep this
focus for Modules 7 through 10, but you may revise the thesis statement as you work through
the research and planning process.
Submit your post.
Grading: This assignment will be graded based on the
Clear expression of your interest in the topic and your newfound knowledge.
Professional presentation of content with respect to spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Developing a working thesis statement requires students to
Evaluate information from multiple sources.
Develop an arguable thesis statement that presents a claim.
Draft original, organized work, act on productive feedback, revise, and edit.
Adapt communication for tone, purpose, audience, and situation.
Use essential Standard American English conventions—including appropriate sentence
structure, grammar, and punctuation—and formal, academic composition style.