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Thesis Statement and Informal Outline Worksheet

In this course, you will write a 700- to 1,050-word comprehensive
Continuing Academic Success essay, due in Week 5. The Week 5 essay will
help you apply what you learned in this course and take responsibility for
your success in your education and your career. Please review the
requirements for the Week 5 assignment to become familiar with the
instructions. Starting this week, and in the weeks to come, we will be
building upon an outline with a thesis statement, subtopics, and research
to assist in your final paper.

For this week, using the Center for Writing Excellence resources, provide
your thesis statement and begin creating the informal outline for your
Continuing Academic Success essay assignment. Include the following in your
outline this week:

0. The benefit of creating educational goals, including at least one
educational goal you set for yourself
0. Your personal learning style, as well as how knowing your learning style
can help you be successful as you move through your program and career
0. How the writing process can help you advance your education and career
0. Which resources, inside and outside of the university, you can use to
help you reach your goals and make you more successful
0. An explanation of the importance of academic integrity

Thesis Statement

This is a one-sentence summary of your Week 5 paper that will be based on
the bulleted items above.

Not setting goals to excel in school; is setting goals to fail.
I can agree that goal setting is helpful, but how could you convey the
"big" idea, not just one aspect? Also, how could you turn this into a
complete sentence?

Informal Outline

Each topic below should be a main idea for a paragraph that might be in
your Week 5 assignment (see bulleted items above). Each support point
should be something that you plan to write about that relates to the
corresponding topic.
1. Topic 1- Don't Procrastinate

a. Support- Waiting until the last minute never works out
b. Support-Set a schedule and follow it

2. Topic 2- Set your goals

a. Support- determine what is long term
b. Support-determine what is short term

3. Topic 3- My personal education goal

a. Support-Self achievement
b. Support-Family success

4. Topic 4- Planning ahead

a. Support-Achievement from planning ahead
b. Support-Disadvantage of not planning ahead

5. Topic 5- Putting your goals in action

a. Support- Develop a plan of action
b. Support-Attaining your goals

Rubric for Thesis Statement and Informal Outline

|Rubric | |
|Thesis Statement |2/4 |
|The thesis statement utilized the |You struggled a bit with the thesis.|
|format from the Thesis Statement |I see that you mentioned goal |
|Generator and included: |setting, but how could you include |
|-Benefits of goals |the rest of the topics? I know that|
|-Writing Process |thesis statements seem like a BIG |
|-Resources you will be using |concept initially, but once you |
|-Importance of academic integrity |determine the importance of this |
| |cornerstone in your writing, it |
| |becomes so much easier! Also, make |
| |sure to includethe benefits of |
| |goals, as well as the importance of |
| |academic integrity, and the |
| |university resources. You can do |
| |this! |
|Informal Outline |2/4 |
|The format in the Sample Outline was|Good work on using the outline |
|utilized (10) |format! However, you did not |
|The outline includes: |include the introduction or |
|-An introduction /conclusion point |conclusion point, nor did you |
|-At least three additional main |include all the needed points. I |
|points, with two details per point. |know that it seems to be a good |
| |amount of work, but, in the future, |
| |having this detail will be very |
| |useful in writing your final draft! |
| |For additional detail on outlining, |
| |check out: |
| ||
| |ts/writing-guide/iii-outline/c-creat|
| |ing-an-outline/. How will utilizing|
| |this step in writing be beneficial |
| |to you? |
|Mechanics |2/2 |
|Appropriate grammar, punctuation, |Good work on utilizing overall |
|and sentence structure is utilized. |appropriate grammar and sentence |
| |structure! Make sure that your |
| |thesis statement is a complete |
| |sentence-It is easy to forget the |
| |details when working with a big |
| |idea. You can do this! |
|Total |6/10 |