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Classical AEE Thesis/Outline Maker

This tool should help you create a first working thesis statement for a classic TOEFL 3 - E101 American expository essay (AEE). To use it, you will need:

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Answer the following questions in short phrases (not full sentences).
  2. Except as specifically indicated in item #2, do not begin with a capital letter or use terminal puctuation (e.g. period or questions mark).
  3. Click the "Thesis" button when you're finished.
  4. A window will pop open with a suggested working thesis.
  5. Go back and adjust your answers to smooth out the workig thesis until it makes sense and expresses your opinion clearly, completely and concisely.
  6. Finally, click the "Outline" button to generate a working outline you can use to organize your zero draft into a first draft of a classic AEE addressing your working thesis.

1. What's the topic (3 key words) you want to write about?

(Note: e.g. dogs, cats and water)

3. What's your opinion (thesis) about the topic (do NOT use the word and)?

(Note: Your thesis should be controversial; that is, only a few people in the world would normally agree with your thesis. It is usually best to state the thesis positively)

Adjust the above to make your working thesis clear, complete and concise. When you are happy with your thesis, you make an outline by answering the following additional questions and clicking the "outline" button below.

5a. What is the single most important reason why you believe your thesis is true, correct or best?

(Note: KISS - keep it simple: Consider using a pronoun, linking verb and the reason, e.g. they are less expensive)

5b. What direct evidence (DQ) do you have to support this argument (reason)?

(Note: include details (6 wh's) and make them specific e.g. use proper nouns). State this evidence in the form of a direct quote (DQ) and include the initial and terminal quote marks)

5c. What is the source of the above DQ?
(Note: Capitalize the first word of this clause but do not end it with terminal punctuation. Be sure to state the author's name, what it is that makes this person authoritative, the title of the book or article, the date published and the internet page it comes from

6a. What is the second most important reason why you believe your thesis is true, correct or best?

(Note: KISS - keep it simple: Consider using a pronoun, linking verb and the reason, e.g. they are less expensive)

6b. What indirect (summary or paraphrase) evidence (IQ) do you have to support this argument (reason)?

(Note: include details (6 wh's) and make them specific e.g. use proper nouns). State this evidence in the form of an inquote (IQ) i.e. without quote marks)

6c. What is the source of the above DQ?
(Note: Capitalize the first word of this clause but do not end it with terminal punctuation. Be sure to state the author's name, what it is that makes this person authoritative, the title of the book or article, the date published and the internet page it comes from

7a. What is the third most important reason why you believe your thesis is true, correct or best?

(Note: KISS - keep it simple: Consider using a pronoun, linking verb and the reason, e.g. they are less expensive)

7b. What personal experience evidence (PE) do you have to support this argument (reason)?

(Note: include details (6 wh's) and make them specific e.g. use proper nouns). State this evidence in the form of an inquote (IQ) i.e. without quote marks)

7c. What are the details surrounding your PE?
(Note: Capitalize the first word of this clause but do not end it with terminal punctuation. Include the word I. Be sure to state the date, time and place where this happened to you

8. What's a possible title for your essay?