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For this piece of the Humanities Project, you will submit your topic choice along with your thesis and outline as a single 1-2 page Word document. This outline will be a guide of how your paper will flow.
For more details on writing your thesis and outline, see the Study Guide for Thesis and Outline in the Course Materials folder.

The two people I would like to use are Miles Davis and Elvis Presley

Introduction

Opening to capture interest
Transition sentence that leads to thesis
Thesis statement

Body

First Supporting Evidence

Quote / elaboration on quote
Example

Second Supporting Evidence

Quote / elaboration on quote
Example
Details

Third Supporting Evidence

Quote / elaboration on quote
Details

Conclusion

Wrap up the essay by summarizing your thesis. Do not simply repeat your thesis statement; instead, reiterate the thesis while finalizing your thoughts on the entire topic.

Fine-Tuning Your Thesis to Build a Strong Outline

Adapted from the Pocket Wadsworth Handbook
Tentative Thesis Statement (rough, vague)
These musicians were very popular and made good music.
Final Thesis Statement (more precise)
Although both musicians/composers contributed a great deal to the music world, their journeys are vastly different. While Beethoven suffered in silence, Elton John has had to face other struggles in his personal and professional life.
Tentative Outline Based on Final Thesis Statement

Introduction – Begin with two quotes – one from each subject regarding their craft. Transition into the thesis statement as follows:
Although both musicians/composers contributed a great deal to the music world, their journeys are vastly different. While Beethoven suffered in silence, Elton John has had to face other struggles in his personal and professional life.
First Section – with examples to support the thesis. Discusses how Beethoven and Elton John discovered music as an interest. Includes quotes from researched sources.
Second Section – with examples to support the thesis. Discusses how both subjects faced challenges along their journey to success. Includes quotes from researched sources.
Third Section – with examples to support the thesis. Discusses some of the major works of each subject and how that particular music has affected the world. Includes quotes from researched sources.
Conclusion – Wraps

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