Quick Write

What is the purpose of a thesis statement? Where does it go? Why do you need one?


  • Compose a complete sentence.
  • Make a significant claim or assertion.
  • Write a declarative sentence, not a question.
  • Expect to change or add to your thesis.
  • Introduce thesis early in the project.
  • Make sure it fits your audience and purpose.

Here are some tips and examples of Report thesis statements:

Deforestation is mainly caused by human actions and has a negative impact on the environment.

  • Write a declarative sentence. Not a question.
  • Be clear. Do not use vague words.
  • A thesis for a report previews material or explains its purpose.
  • Thesis statements normally go near the beginning.
  • A thesis explains your purpose so the reader knows what you are talking about.
  • Explains your assignment/report/essay.


  1. Answer questions.
  2. Review what is already known about a subject.
  3. Report new knowledge

Report Title

For the last assignment we were creative with our titles. A report title needs to be more specific. Look up some examples and see if you notice any patterns.

Marathons for Women by Susan Wilcox

From Scroll to Screen by Lev Grossman

Wind Technologies Market Report 2012 by U.S. Department of Energy

Here is an example from our class:

21st Century Causes of Deforestation

Find more examples. Come up with your own.

Peer Workshop

How would you like someone to work with you on your paper?

Peer edit the same way you revise your own work. Work on the global, higher order concerns, first.

Be specific in identifying problems or opportunities. Point to places in the text where you notice something. Don’t say organization is confusing, show them where it is confusing.

Use clear sentences and thoughts when commenting. Don’t just say awkward, explain what it is you find awkward.

Offer suggestions for improvement. Don’t just criticize, offer suggestions for revision.

Praise what is good in the paper. What is working well? What did you like?

Keep comments tactful. Treat another’s work the way you would like yours to be treated.


Paraphrase v Summary v Quoting

Students are normally accused of plagiarism when the are trying to paraphrase. It is usually by mistake. In order to avoid plagiarism, here are some tips:

  1. Take notes
  2. Annotate Sources
  3. Make sure you cite
  4. Save multiple drafts

Revise Report

We spent time and effort trying to help each other with the report. Now use the feedback to improve your report! Make the changes to your report and move to draft 2. Save it as a new file, so that you can see the process you go through in writing.

Visual Media

Lev Grossman begins his report, “From Scroll to Screen” with a terrific image. Images help you to present information. They can be used effectively to back up what you are saying. What visual can you use to lend your report some credibility. What image must you include? What image can you find or create to make your report clearer?

A great way to do this is to take a section or paragraph from your report and re-imagine it as a visual. What would that be? What would that look like?

Canva.com is a great program that lets you easily create and modify images.

Piktochart is easy to use.

You can also use the Instagram and Snap Chat to create visuals.

Quick Write

What changes are you going to make to your draft and why?