Both Zora Neale Hurston and Aretha Franklin produced remarkable bodies of work intimes when women of colour were not give the kinds of opportunities others were given. Craft a thesis-based argument on the importance of one or both of these women’s work to our contemporary culture. Why are such voices/bodies of work vitally important to our culture? Support your argument with peer-reviewed articles.
Part 1: Thesis Statement – worth 2 marks. In order to write a strong and convincing paper, you need to have a solid foundation. This is your thesis statement. A thesis statement should be an argument that can be critically interrogated from numerous points of view. If you can give a “Yes” or “No” answer that requires no research or proof to your thesis statement, it is not a strong thesis. Once you have selected a topic, create an argument responding to the topic. Make sure that your argument is clear and concise – the thesis should engage with your selected topic and offer a
perspective on one or more of the questions asked in the topic.
Part 2: Once you have a thesis statement in place, it is important to figure out how you’re going to prove your argument. The introduction should set up your paper and thesis. Each body paragraph of your essay should offer evidence to support your thesis. Your conclusion should recap your paper and offer some further ramifications of your thesis.An outline is a very rough sketch of the way your essay will flow. This can be in point form, and should include your thesis, topic sentences for each paragraph, quotations from primary and secondary sources that you will use as evidence in the paragraph, and some of your own thoughts that the quotations will support. Remember that it’s always a good idea to leave your strongest point until the end of your essay. This outline should help you to understand the way your essay will flow toward your conclusion.I will post some example outlines, but your outline should conform to the following basic framework:Introduction – give context for your research, introduce your primary sources (the class texts), briefly outline the various points you will address in your essay, and state your thesis clearly. Body Paragraphs – number depends on the number of points you have in support of your thesis –less than three is likely too little to prove your point, but don’t include so many that you don’t have space to fully investigate each one.Conclusion – demonstrate how your thesis has been proved, and what the ramifications of this proof are – the “So What?” question.