If you simply retell the story of his exile from Massachusetts and what he thought of the Narragansett religious beliefs and practices, that’s a book report, not an honors level research paper. It is unlikely you will be able to fool the reader into believing you liked a topic that you didn’t actually like.
However, if you explore the significance Narragansett religion had on Williams, his writings, and his life, you have the makings of an interesting and important research paper. I suggest you write about an area that most interests you and in which you might already have some background knowledge. Now, narrow down your topic: Once you’ve chosen a topic, ask yourself if it’s narrow enough for you to tackle in the paper or honors thesis you will be writing. One important consideration is the availability of material.
As we cover topics in class, undoubtedly something will come up that you want to learn more about. This part of the assignment requires that you include two to three paragraphs about why this topic is interesting and important.
Why should the reader care about Roger Williams’s relationship with the Narragansett Indians? Sustained interest in your topic is important, as a topic that bores you makes for a boring paper.
It is usually stated in the form of an assertion or statement you resolve through your research.
It’s not a question; it’s an answer, such as: “Key decisions in large U. cities are made by a handful of individuals, drawn largely from business, industrial, and municipal circles, who occupy the top of the power hierarchy.” “Cigarette smoking harms the body by constricting the blood vessels, accelerating the heartbeat, paralyzing the cilia in the bronchial tubes, and activating excessive gastric secretions in the stomach.” A thesis takes a position on an issue.
• PART 2 OF THE ASSIGNMENT: THESIS STATEMENT What is a thesis statement?
A thesis statement is “a proposition stated as a conclusion which you will then demonstrate or ‘prove’ in your paper.” It is the focal point around which your research will revolve.
If you choose a topic that is not of interest to you, it will show in your paper.
This topic must remain of interest to you for two semesters, so give it some serious consideration.