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I'm writing a 12 page research paper on homelessness(USA)

  1. Jan 12, 2006 #1
    here is my thesis statement :

    In a rich nation like the USA, homelessness has deeper causes than poverty: mismanagement in housing programs, deinstitutionalization of mentally ill people and foster care.
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    Poverty is the fundamental reason for the circumstantial homelessness from the subjective and the objective viewpoint; there are certain homelessness causes that reflect flawed planning in the system more than the lack of financial resources.
    The problem is .... it seems from my thesis statement that i'm trying to write a thesis statement on three different themes ... and thus I have three different arguments running throughout my paper ....

    However, as my prof said, a good paper will have a single argument running throuhgout the paper

    see my problem? whats the fix?

    12 pages is a lot to cover, so i had to combine 3 different arguments :(
     
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  3. Jan 12, 2006 #2

    Pengwuino

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    The fix is obvious, find the right reason. Better yet, since it is more of a mixture of problems, your best bet if you just want to get the paper done is to pick 1 and go with it. If you seriously want to know the answer, you'll have to research all 3 topics and determine which you feel is the "more right" problem.

    Is this the same guy who had that stupid time travel paper? I don't see 12 pages coming out of any single idea.
     
  4. Jan 12, 2006 #3

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    Shouldn't your thesis statement be presented as a question that you are going to answer rather than as a conclusion?? The basis of a good thesis is you have identified a worthwhile problem or question which has not been previously answered and you have solved the problem or answered the question.
     
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  5. Jan 12, 2006 #4

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    Yah i think this isn't a "research" paper... more of a report. Like you say, a research paper asks a question and studies and investigates and by no means has a "12 page minimum".
     
  6. Jan 12, 2006 #5
    not the same guy... but yeah the same course

    and i thats why i combined the three topics ... coz i knew i wouldnt be able to write 12 pages just on one of those three. :(
     
  7. Jan 12, 2006 #6
    how about i combine mentally ill and children, because they are unable to make the right decision for themselevs! and they both suffer due to the displacement!
     
  8. Jan 12, 2006 #7
    maybe i should have posted this thread in HW section?
     
  9. Jan 12, 2006 #8
    A thesis for a twelve page paper should probably be longer. You should argue that the US has a corrupt economic system that causes homelessness. That can be your main idea, and then you can speak about the main factors of this system that contribute to homelessness. Perhaps you could choose three main factors that connect to the main idea and do a few pages on each.
     
  10. Jan 12, 2006 #9

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    No. A thesis statement is a declarative statement of the theory or assertion to be proven in the paper. The question is posed in the introductory paragraph and answered in the last sentence of the paragraph in the thesis statement. Often, though, the thesis statement is rewritten after the body of the paper is finished because the conclusion is found to not be quite correct.

    definition of a thesis: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=thesis
    typical essay format: http://www.sheboyganfalls.k12.wi.us/staff/dehogue/FSSH/5_parag.htm

    Incidentally, good posts of arguments in the politics forum should follow a condensed version of this format.
    I think it should be ok to state in the introductory paragraph that there is more than one reason, then state the three reasons in your thesis statement (I think the first thesis statement is pretty good). You may decide later that one is the largest factor, but that would necessitate only a minor rewriting of the thesis statement to say 'these are all factors, but the most important is this one'.
     
  11. Jan 13, 2006 #10
    so you're basically saying that the thesis statement would be like "this is the largest factor responsible for causing homelessness"?
    well that would require a lot of researchhhhhhhhhhhhh!
    it's not that i dont like doing research
    but honestly ... Politics is just NOT my topic!!!
     
  12. Jan 13, 2006 #11

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    Well, yes, you will have to do a lot of research. This is a research paper, so there is no need to be surprised about that. But since your professor also said that this paper is to be written with an argument structure, then you are going to have to come up with your own opinions, based on what you learn, and support them thoughout your paper.

    Start with an outline. What is your main idea? State honestly why you think so many people are living out on the streets. It seems that your main idea is that poverty is the problem. What caused their poverty? Was it misfortune? Lack of education/job training? Mental illness? Drug habits? An inadequate welfare system?
    All of these are points you could address and there are many more.

    Just to ponder that poverty theme a little, let's say the U.S. government decided to hand $10,000 to every homeless person in the U.S.to help them get back "on their feet". Would that fix the problem? Why or why not? What other solutions are there?

    You may even decide that there are multiple factors contributing to the problem of homelessness, and that's OK, too. I'm not sure that there is a single overarching theme that applies, unless you feel so strongly about one in particular that you want to argue it for 12 pages. Obviously, this is a very complex problem, otherwise it would be solved by now.
     
  13. Jan 13, 2006 #12

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    What class are you taking that makes you write a paper on time travel and then homelessness? Is this English 101 or some kind of advanced expositional writing class? I hate it when classes like that actually give you a prompt.
     
  14. Jan 13, 2006 #13
    down here in the tropics most "homeless" have a home somewhere
    some live in a tree, others have leantos, or use abandon buildings
    one chic I knew lived in a graveyard, others live on small islands
    but very few are without a place, that they call theirs
    maybe not what you would call a home but it is where they live

    most are nuts in some way but some just like to be free of materal ties
     
  15. Jan 14, 2006 #14

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    And you did say it would need to be 12 pages... :uhh:
     
  16. Jan 14, 2006 #15
    well let me make two things clear
    1) i care about homeless people
    2) i love doing research

    now .... honestly speaking, i have no academic interest in homeless people ....

    do you know what i mean by "academic interest"?
    like i really like reading about .... like physics!

    i loved doing my paper on time travel, i didnt complain about researching even once

    homelessness, on the other hand, was assigned by my prof! he's pretty much forcing me to write on it in a way ....

    ^^^ I'm not sure if i made my point clear
    i always have hard time conveying my thoughts
     
  17. Jan 14, 2006 #16
    it's not for an english class ... it's for a discussion class
     
  18. Jan 15, 2006 #17

    loseyourname

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    I'm not sure what you mean. All of my classes are either discussion or seminar, but that describes the manner in which the class is conducted, not the subject of the class. If this isn't a composition class, what the heck is it? Freshman seminar?

    You don't have to answer me, obviously, as it makes no difference to your question and I haven't really made any attempt to help you, but I am confused. Anyway, if you have any specific questions regarding paper structure or how to make an argument, I'm pretty good with that stuff.
     
  19. Jan 15, 2006 #18
    well it's hard for me to describe what class it is
    anyway, if you could im me on yahoo/aim on pvirgohere,
    i would highly appreciate it!!!
     
  20. Jan 15, 2006 #19

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    How can a class be "hard to describe"? What's the name of the class? And we don't ask for people to send information privately, this is a forum for open discussion.

    Your inability to even describe the "class" you are supposedly taking is wasting the time of people here.
     
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