Sections of a Thesis Manuscript

Thesis Manuscript Checklist

As you begin the semester, copy-and-paste the checklist below to your personal page in . As you complete your thesis paper throughout the semester, 1) leave comments (notes) regarding questions or concerns about the section and then 2) check off each item as you complete it.

  • [ ] Title page (Unit III)
  • [ ] Approval page
  • [ ] Abstract (250 words) (Unit III)
  • [ ] Table of Contents (Unit III)
  • [ ] List of Tables (Unit III)
  • [ ] List of Figures (Unit III)
  • [ ] Title of work title (Unit III)
    • [ ] Introduction paragraph (250 words)
      • [ ] Hook
        • [ ] Famous quote (citation not required)
        • [ ] Essential question (citation not required)
        • [ ] Interesting fact or statistic (citation required)
      • [ ] Context of the problem
      • [ ] Thesis statement (Unit I)
    • [ ] Review of related literature (body paragraphs after the introduction paragraph) (2,000 – 2,500 words) (Unit I)
      • [ ] Proper level II headings (two-to-four)
      • [ ] MEAL plan (or PEE) for proper body paragraph development
      • [ ] Review organizational patterns at all three levels (i.e., coherence)
        • [ ] Level II headings align with thesis statement. (Phase I)
        • [ ] Topic sentences align with level II headings. (Phase II)
        • [ ] Evidence sentences with each body paragraph align with respective topic sentences. (Phase III)
      • [ ] Review connectors at three levels.
        • [ ] Connecting paragraphs (Phase I)
        • [ ] Connecting sentences (Phase II)
        • [ ] Connecting clauses, phrases, and words within sentences (Phase III)
      • [ ] Check mechanics
        • [ ] Capitalization, spelling, etc.
        • [ ] Proper use of punctuation
        • [ ] Grammar and vocabulary
    • [ ] Final paragraph of the literature review referred to as a “transition” paragraph
      • [ ] Restate and reword thesis statement as stated in the introduction paragraph.
      • [ ] Restate and reword the problem and state the purpose of your study.
      • [ ] Introduce your research questions (if a qualitative study) and/or hypothesis (if a quantitative study)
      • [ ] Closing statement
  • [ ] Method (Unit II)
    • [ ] Participants or subjects
    • [ ] Instruments
    • [ ] Design, procedure, and data analysis
  • [ ] Results (Unit III)
    • [ ] Tables and figures
    • [ ] Statistical presentation
    • [ ] Effect size and strength of relationship
  • [ ] Discussion (Unit III)
    • Evaluate and interpret implications by comparing and contrasting to the literature review
    • [ ] Levels of analysis
    • [ ] Application and synthesis
    • [ ] Conclusion paragraph
      • [ ] Restate and reword thesis statement.
      • [ ] State significance, relevance, or big idea of overall thesis.
      • [ ] Closing statement or famous quote
  • [ ] References (Unit I)
  • [ ] Appendix (Unit II)

Thesis Template

Published by Benjamin L. Stewart

I´m an EFL teacher educator and foreign language coordinator at the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes in Mexico.

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