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					UNDERSTANDING THE ELUSIVE

    Thesis Statement
What is the definition of “thesis statement”?

   In general, a thesis statement declares what you
    believe and what you intend to prove
   It is the central point of focus in your essay—if you
    have a strong thesis statement, your essay can
    literally fall into place (if you are sure to follow
    your thesis)
What else can be compared with a
thesis statement?
 A   hypothesis
    Inthe science world, a hypothesis is formed before any
     experimentation begins to suggest what the outcome might
     be
    The hypothesis serves as the guiding point for
     experimentation, and gives focus to a scientist’s actions, just
     as the thesis statement gives focus to all of a writer’s
     decisions
What else can be compared with a
thesis statement?
   The chorus of a song
     If you think about your favorite song’s chorus, it most
      likely contains the main “message” that the song is
      trying to convey
     The verses of the song aim to “prove” the message
      heard in the chorus, just like the paragraphs of an
      essay aim to “prove” the thesis
What else can be compared with a
thesis statement?
   The “plays” created by sports teams
     Each    play has a specific goal, where certain players
      fulfill certain roles




     The entire team focuses their actions around completing
      the play successfully, just like all other sentences and
      paragraphs in an essay should be focused on
      supporting the thesis effectively
So how can I write an effective thesis
statement?
   A handy formula for creating an effective thesis
    statement is:
              A specific subject +
                A limited focus=
          An effective thesis statement
Let’s look at an example:
   Imagine you are writing an informational essay about
    shopping for a new car.


   Car shopping is definitely a
    specific subject, so you’ve got
    that part of the thesis! But now you
    need a limited focus.

   What do you want to say about car shopping?
       Perhaps you could write about the things that you need to
        consider when choosing a new car.
Your thesis:
   When shopping for a dependable car, one should
    consider vehicle mileage, motor condition, and
    warranty.
       You  can see the specific subject in this color font, and the
        limited focus in this color font.
   Do you see how the rest of the essay would “fall
    into place” following a thesis like this?
Some general rules to follow when
writing a thesis statement
   Besides using the formula to create your thesis, you
    should also keep in mind:


     The thesis should directly answer a question—it should not be
      a question itself
     The thesis should make a claim that others might dispute—a
      statement of fact is not a thesis
     The thesis should be the last sentence of your introduction. If
      you have more than one introduction, it is found at the end
      of your LAST introductory paragraph.
Let’s practice looking at thesis statements—
Example 1
   Is this an effective thesis statement?
     Romeo    and Juliet is Shakespeare’s greatest play.
       Does it address a specific subject?
       Does it have a limited focus?
       Does it directly answer some question?


     How  might you revise this thesis to make it more
      effective?
You should have answered NO!
 The thesis doesn’t tell the reader ANYTHING! What
  is the subject?
 It is vague and underdeveloped! What is the limited
  focus?
 It does not answer any questions.

 Example of an effective thesis:

  By telling a powerful story of failed love, Romeo
  and Juliet demonstrates the destructive effects of
  family pride
Let’s practice looking at thesis statements—
Example 2
   Is this an effective thesis statement?
     Thisessay will address the characteristics of a good
      student.
       Does   it address a specific subject?
       Does it have a limited focus?
       Does it directly answer some
        question?
       Is it a topic someone might dispute?

     How  might you revise this thesis
       to make it more effective?
You should have answered NO!
   NEVER, EVER say This essay will….or in my paper I
    will tell you….or I am going to write about!
   What are the components of a “good student?”
    (Make a list on your paper).
   Now write a thesis statement.
   Who will share their thesis statements with the class?
Let’s practice writing a thesis statement

   Suppose you were given the assignment to write an
    essay about school lunches.
       What would your thesis statement be?


       As you write your thesis, consider:
         Does it address a specific subject?
         Does it have a limited focus?
         Does it directly answer some
          question?
         Is it a topic someone might dispute?
Let’s hear some of your thesis statements.

   Who will share their thesis statement?




     Is   each thesis statement effective?
       Does   it address a specific subject?
       Does it have a limited focus?
       Does it directly answer some question?
       Is it a topic someone might dispute?
In conclusion…
   The thesis statement is the foundation of any good
    essay
   Use the information you’ve learned today to
    simplify your writing process and become a better
    writer!

				
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