Date: February 18-22, 2019
Do thesis statement, research questions, and main sections (level II headings) align? Does the thesis statement (one sentence with a topic, opinion, and reasons or ways) answer the research questions?
Do topic sentences that begin each body paragraph contain a claim?
Are topic sentences from each body paragraph organized in a logical fashion? Are they coherent? Do topic sentences align to their respective main sections?
Do main sections of the literature review (level II headings) align with the thesis statement?
Are main sections of the literature review (level II headings) organized logically (coherent)?
From prior weeks:
How does my thesis statement reflect a researchable problem?
How does my thesis statement align (or relate) to my literature review?
How do my research questions align with my literature review? Does the literature review answer the research questions?
How does the overall organization of my literature review reflect an argument or point of view? What is my overall position?
At this point in the process (with three weeks left)…
you should have found the articles that you need to write your literature review.
you should have a clear thesis statement.
you should have a good idea of what your research questions are although it’s common to slightly modify your research questions as you develop your literature review (in qualitative studies).
you should have a clear overall organizational pattern that is appropriate for your thesis statement and research questions.
You should prepare for discussing your organizational pattern with your mentor (that’s me!).