Precision in Academic Writing (notes for a future handout)

The following started out as routine e-mail feedback on a freshman essay, but I thought it came out well enough that I might want to use it again.  I don’t want this to get buried in my existing handout on thesis statements, so I figured I’d just post the good bits here. A good academic thesis is precise — it makes a specific claim, backed up by concrete, verifiable evidence.…