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  • Contributors to this Guide
    Topic Encourage Student Focus Focus with WTL Thinking on the Spot Be Prepared Plan Ahead Learn to Stall Be Honest Don t Fear Silence Rephrase Questions Checking for Understanding Avoid Yes No Students Own Words Students Reflect Using Quizzes Sample Discussion Plan Goal One Transition Goal Two Goal Three Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Contributors to this Guide Content Development Kerri Eglin HTML Coding Jill Salahub Design and ColdFusion Programming

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  • A Definition of Focus
    Definition of Focus Kate Kiefer English Department Composition Director 1992 1995 The focus of the text is also referred to as its thesis theme controlling idea main point In effect writers tell readers what territory they plan to cover That s the focus A focus can be very narrow as when a photographer takes a close up of one mountain flower or it can be broad as when the photographer takes a long range shot of the mountain In practical writing the focus is often specified for the writer by the occasion for the writing In their discussions of focus writers may use a number of terms main point thesis theme position statement and controlling idea What these terms have in common and what focus is really all about is informally known as sticking to the point Sticking to the point involves having a clear idea of what you want to write and how you want to write about your topic While you write you ll want to keep in mind your supporting details to help your readers better understand your main point Coordinating all the aspects of your paper requires you to make each part work with the whole

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  • Audience
    to have asked the question What kinds of information does the audience need What are they going to do with it Are they going to use it to further their research Are they going to use it to make a decision Once you ve identified your audience and what they re going to do with your information you can refine your problem statement and have a focus It s a

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  • Purpose
    photography This means we narrow something down to a very sharp image First it s a notion of narrowing to something but also it s a notion of sharpness and clarity Focus is one of the things that clarifies purpose So once we get a sense of thesis that helps illuminate the photography image illuminate what the overall purpose of the paper is Your purpose is why you are writing

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  • Targeting
    increase their knowledge or make a decision When I talk about focus I really mean targeting Here s an example This comes out of a trade magazine In Nursing 96 you ll find articles written by nurses for other nurses They will generally open with essentially two or three paragraphs They will say You know here is the problem I had as a nurse in this setting They tend to set them in what I would consider soap opera ish kinds of settings They set up a real life situation with real people In other words I went into Sally s room and discovered she d thrown all the covers off the bed and she was sweating profusely the article goes on to describe what it was Then it will come back and say Here s the problem Now we ve had a number of patients who did this kind of activity and we found they fell out of bed To minimize those injuries here are three things we ve done Then they will give you the summary and then they will elaborate those procedures That s very targeted Targeting influences the kind of language used This means the nurses

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  • Narrowing Your Focus
    an essay focused on the tragedies of the Civil War What tragedies Readers have no idea what to expect from this focus not to mention how difficult it would be to write about every tragedy of the Civil War After writers choose a topic to write about they need to make sure they are not covering too much nor too little about a topic The scope of a focus is

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  • What It Means to be Focused
    focused changes from discipline to discipline Say for example in literature my focus comes through a novel I want to write about Henry James s Turn of the Screw On one hand it could come through theory I want to do a feminist analysis and Henry James s Turn of the Screw just happens to be the text I apply it to or I might add another text I might just approach a novel and say Okay Everybody s read it in these ways before Here s yet another way to read it I don t have to show that I m adding to in some ways I can show I m distinguishing or coming up with something new What my focus is is determined disciplinarily as well as by my purpose Another example would be a typical research report where a focus is what s been done before because that determined what an experiment was going to be about And so in some ways you re not coming up with your own focus the way in English in some ways you can You have to look at X Y and Z studies to see what was done on this

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  • Focus is Too Broad
    a statement and literally finding everything they ever knew about this topic and dumping it into a term paper They need to consider what they write a pro active document a document that s going to be used by a specified audience for a specified reason about a specific area of that broader topic Kate Kiefer English Department Composition Director 1992 1995 A broad focus looks easier for students but it turns out that a narrow focus is generally easier General articles and essays with a broad focus require lots of background information and a pretty clear sense of the readers goals in reading the piece Otherwise writing with a broad focus tends to result in pretty boring prose Most academic writing requires a narrow focus because it s easier to move from that into the specific supporting detail highly valued in the academic community A broad focus covers too much about a topic It never discusses the fine details necessary to adequately present a topic and keep readers interest A good way to narrow a broad topic is to list the subcategories of the topic For example two subcategories of Civil War tragedies are The breakdown of families as

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