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Focus on Writing – unpacking your topic

 

STEP 0: Write down your title or question:

 

 

STEP 1: Make your question into a statement (this can be a claim, a position, an assertion):

 

 

STEP 2: Reverse or negate the statement:

 

 

STEP 3: Explore variations on the statement by making it stronger or weaker, more or less certain, more or less specific. Write at least two variations of your statement here:

 

 

STOP AND THINK: What do you believe? Which claim do you want to make?

 

STEP 4: In order to make this claim, what other points or claims do you need to make?

 

  • Make a list of these.
  • Now order them as you might order paragraphs in a piece of writing.
  • Does this make an essay plan/ academic poster*? If not, what do you need to add?

*In step 4 there is mention of an essay plan – this is not an essay plan in the sense of ‘introduction –

3-6 paragraphs – conclusion’ but rather a series of points/arguments that make up a convincing case.

Inspired by: www.thinkingwriting.qmul.ac.uk

Created by @Dr Eirini Gkouskou, IOE-UCL May 2020

Example

STEP ZERO: Write down your topic or question

Example: Describe and evaluate 1-2 theories of formation and maintenance of Leadership

STEP ONE: Make your question into a statement/claim Descriptive Claims:

  • Theory 1 describes the formation and maintenance of Leadership

 

  • Theory 2 describes the formation and maintenance of Leadership.

 

  • There is a difference between the ways theory 1 and theory 2 describe the formation and maintenance of Leadership.

Evaluative statements:

  • Theory 1 is good at describing the formation and maintenance of Leadership.
  • Theory 2 is good at describing the formation and maintenance of Leadership.

STEP TWO: Reverse or modify the statement/claim:

  • Theory 1 is not good at describing the formation and maintenance of Leadership.
  • Theory 2 is not good at describing the formation and maintenance of Leadership.

STEP THREE: Explore variations on the statement by making it stronger or weaker, more or less certain, more or less specific.

  • Theory 1 is good at describing some aspects of the formation and maintenance of Leadership, but not good at describing others.
  • Theory 1 is good at describing the formation of Leadership but not good at describing their maintenance.
  • Theory 2 is better at describing some aspects of the Leadership than Theory

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Inspired by: www.thinkingwriting.qmul.ac.uk

Created by @Dr Eirini Gkouskou, IOE-UCL May 2020