Final Paper Worksheet
Your final paper is due on the last day of class, July 6th.
This worksheet is to help you brainstorm ways to write your final paper. It is not mandatory, nor do you have to turn it back in.
Thesis Statement: Your paper MUST have a thesis statement! This is the sentence where you tell us your argument. The thesis statement usually comes at the end of the first paragraph.
Ex: McDonald’s has changed the way that the American family thinks about food, has created a sense of uniformity of food and culture throughout the country, and has significantly added to the obesity problem in this country.
Ex 2: The song We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel catalogues important cultural events, many of which are being forgotten now but should be remembered.
Ex 3: MTV’s The Real World has changed TV culture, helped make average people celebrities, and helped us to realize the drama that exists in real life.
Introduction: In your introduction, start broad then narrow in on your point. For instance, if you are writing about Billy Joel, your introduction may look something like this:
Billy Joel is one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. His music has been popular not only because it is catchy, but because it deals with important social issues. The song We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel catalogues important cultural events, many of which are being forgotten now but should be remembered.
Conclusion: In your conclusion, be sure to emphasize WHY your topic is important! Don’t just repeat your argument from the rest of your paper, but tell us, specifically, why it is significant.
Ex: Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire catalogues events that should not be forgotten. Popular music serves not only as entertainment, but as a collective memory which can be easily enjoyed, remembered, and shared with others, perhaps future generations. The words of this song can inspire listeners to look up the specific details, ensuring that important cultural moments will not be forgotten.
Possible Paper Format/Outline: Use this outline to brainstorm how you will organize your paper.
(Add as many additional paragraphs as you need)