Final Project Thesis Workshop


Quick Reference: Criteria for Thesis Statements 

Principle 1: An argument that requires supported interpretation and analysisin other words, an argument that is not obvious and could reasonably be debated

Principle 2: An argument that avoids generalizations; it cannot be so vague that it is difficult to prove or argue against.  Your argument should be tailor-made to fit the particular issue or text you are analyzing and should grapple with details rather than making broad claims that cannot easily be proven or supported.  

Principle 3: An argument that avoids cherry picking evidence and accounts for potential complications and disagreement by producing a nuanced argument that recognizes other points of view might be reasonable and accounts for likely objections

 Principle 4: An argument that takes into account the form of literary representation as well as its content and makes specific claims about the language, narration, etc.

Principle 5: An argument whose conclusion addresses the so what? question and arrives at a sharp, engaging point that explains to readers what they will have learned that they didnt already know from reading the text on their own


1. AFTER you have read (watched/played etc) your media object and taken good notes, consider what you want your argument to be. What matters to you? How should your audience understand this media object? For this, you will construct a sharp and interesting thesis that you then try to prove to the audience of your choice. For this post, please do the following: in approximately 200 words EACH, write 3 PRELIMINARY theses you might use in your final project, followed by a very brief overview of what support you would provide to prove your each thesis. (~600 words total) 

I attach the documents that you will form 3 thesis in total from.: I want 2 thesis statement from cultural trauma and 1 from the family names of african negroes 

NOTE: This is not an essay 


example of writing style am looking for: This is not my work and should not be copied.

I’m still not sure what media I want to explore for this final project, but I’m leaning toward focusing on children’s books that introduce children to diversity and the LGBTQ+ community. I may change my mind later, but right now I’m particularly interested in Erica Silverman’s book “Jack not Jackie” and Scott Stuart’s book “My Shadow is Pink.”

1. The children’s book Jack not Jackie is a discussion starter about gender identity and gender expression. The children’s book tells the narrative of Jackie, a young girl who has always felt that she isn’t a girl. Throughout the book, Jackie is drawn to more boyish rather than girlish things. Jackie is openly fond of wearing boys’ clothes, playing in the mud, and having her hair cut short. There are indications at the beginning of the story that helps readers understand where the story is headed, but the most crucial part of the story occurs near the conclusion of the book when Jackie finally announces out loud that his name is Jack and not Jackie. This is the point at which he discovers his gender and begins to be open about who he is and how he identifies. This is a narrative that I believe is vital not just for children but also for adults. It’s a great way to expose children to the LGBTQ+ community and teach them that gender is not defined by how you’re born, but by how you feel and what you identify with more. This book demonstrates to them that they are free to be who they believe they are and that they are not alone. I enjoy this book because when I was a kid, there was no book or media like this in school that taught me that I was allowed to be myself, even if it wasn’t deemed normal. This book defies social standards and encourages children at an early age to be more open-minded about their identities.

2. Jack not Jackie” is a children’s book about acceptance, sibling love, and accepting people for who they are. This story is heavily focused on Jack and his sister Susan’s connection. Susan is a little girl who was overjoyed to learn that she would soon have a younger sister. Susan’s point of view is used to tell the story. Susan begins the narrative by talking about her sister Jackie and how much she adores her and can’t wait for her to grow up so they can do girly things together. However, when Susan tells her story, she mentions some not-so-girly aspects about Jackie. For example, she describes asking Jackie to pretend to be a cat with her, but while she crawled about the house meowing, Jackie would bark like a dog. Another example is when they are at a park and Susan is playing on the monkey bars while Jackie is playing in the sandbox with another little boy and the little boy says bye and refers to Jackie as Jack as they are leaving. Susan is clearly upset in the story because her little sister is not into girly things like her, but as the story progresses, we see her come to terms with the idea, and in the end, we see her accept that Jackie is not her little sister, but her little brother Jack, and still expresses her love for him despite the way he chooses to identify.

3. “My Shadow is Pink” is a children’s book about gender identity, self-acceptance, equality, and diversity. This story is about a little boy who is surrounded by individuals with blue shadows yet reveals his shadow is pink. The little boy shares details about how his father’s shadow is blue and likes to do things that a typical man likes to do, but his shadow is pink and likes to wear dresses, and when confronted by his father, his father tells him that his shadow will turn blue over time and that it’s just a phase. The little boy also discusses how his teacher from school invited his class to come dressed up as something their shadow likes, but when he arrived at school dressed in a dress, he quickly realized he was the odd one out. So he goes home and rips off the dress when his father walks in and tells him that it’s okay if his shadow loves to wear dresses and that instead of concealing it, he should embrace it since that’s what makes him unique. Personally, I adore this story and the lessons that inspired it. It educates children that they should not be ashamed of how they identify and should instead embrace it. It also addresses the issue of parental acceptance. The father is shown as a masculine guy at the start of the narrative, but towards the conclusion, we see him reveal a softer side when he realizes that his son’s shadow is pink, understands it, and decides to accept, encourage, and love his son despite it.


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