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Belonging: Developing a thesis statement

We will construct a thesis statement about Belonging in response to a particular questions
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Gabriella Hespe-Poulos

on 29 July 2013

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Transcript of Belonging: Developing a thesis statement

Key words A 'thesis' should be where you describe your main arguments, thoughts and ideas. .
You should make specific statements about belonging in relation to the question e.g. 'Belonging is a fundamental human need'
You should use precise vocabulary e.g. alienation, connection, solidarity.
You should introduce the main texts you will be discussing. Developing a Thesis for belonging Individual---- personal sense of belonging; unique sense of belonging

Perception--- understanding, knowledge, idea

Evolve--- change, grow, are altered

Passage of time--- life: growth to maturity, history and memory

Interactions--- relationships with family and others, experiences e.g. schooling, Reframing the question A person's experience of the world around them, over a passage of time, has a significant impact on their sense of belonging and ideas of belonging.

How does this relate to your understanding of belonging? What have you learned from your texts about this statement? For some people, belonging can be established through diligent action and hard work over time ('Feliks'; '10 Mary Street') But it seems to be difficult to maintain because outside forces are always trying to prevent it ('10 Mary Street')

For an individual to feel a sense of belonging, it may involve creating deliberate barriers to the outside world ('Feliks'). Sometimes, however, an individual may be prevented from feeling belonging due to the actions of the outside world ('St Patrick's College', 'Migrant Hostel')

Therefore, belonging is a complex process and an individual may not be able to establish a sens eof belonging even over a long period of time. Finished statement The process of interacting with the world has profound effects on an individual's sense of belonging. In Peter Skrzynecki's poetry anthology 'Immigrant Chronicle', he presents contrasting views about whether it will ever be possible to establish and maintain a strong sense of belonging. In 'Feliks Skrzynecki' he suggests that a personal sense of belonging can be established through diligent action and hard work over time. The television episode 'Stand Up' in the series 'Redfern Now' also suggests that through determined action over time, an individual can be recognised and included. However, Skrzynecki's poems '10 Mary Street', 'St Patrick's College' and 'Migrant Hostel' suggest belonging is difficult to maintain because outside forces are always, whether deliberately or not, destroying it.
Therefore, belonging is a complex process and an individual may not be able to establish a sense of belonging even over a long period of time. Question 3
An individual’s perceptions of belonging evolve in response to the passage of time and
interaction with their world.

In what ways is this view of belonging represented in your prescribed text and at least ONE
other related text of your own choosing?
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