Some Tips for Writing Effective Thesis Statements by chrisandersen

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									   Some Tips for Writing
Effective Thesis Statements




        created by Barbara Toth
  Effective Thesis Statements
• Suggest a mode of
  organization and
  provide direction for
  a reader.
 Does this thesis suggest a
 mode of organization and
provide a sense of direction
       for a reader?
Even though many history texts have
primarily focused on accomplishments of
white males, women of various
backgrounds have also made significant
contributions.
    Some tips for revising your thesis
              statement--

• Ask yourself what your subject is.

• Then what is the significant thing
  you want to say about your
  subject.
                   Examples
         Subject                       POS


Video Games, if properly    offer many educational
managed by parents,         benefits to children.

Our family’s view of career has been shaped to some
success                     extent by several cultural
                            codes.
Czech and Slovak            have produced immense
television during the last  cultural wealth and
three years                 reinforced important
                            regional traditions.
Try thinking of your thesis in these terms--

SUBJECT + POINT OF SIGNIFICANCE =
THESIS.
How effective do you think this thesis statemnt is?

Subject:
Despite their being omitted from many history books thus
far, many African Americans, particularly X, Y, and Z,


POS:
have significantly contributed to the American
story.
 Effective Thesis Statements
             are--
• Limited in scope.
(unless you are writing a dissertation).
  Effective thesis statements

• contain qualifiers that make the thesis
  manageable for the writer and credible
  to the readers.
 Qualifiers are very important
    in thesis statements.
• Avoid words like “all”
  “none,” “always,”
  “never.”
• Remember if you
  use a word like
  “Americans” without
  a qualifier, it means
  all Americans by
  default.
Some examples of qualifying
        words--
 •   Often
 •   Primarily
 •   Frequently
 •   Too often
 •   Regularly
 •   Some
 •   Many
 •   Most
  Effective Thesis Statements
              are--
• Debatable and argumentative.

One test:
• Ask yourself if reasonable, generally
  knowledgeable readers might not have the
  same position on your issue.
  If so, your thesis may be argumentative.
                       PURPOSES
           1. Remember that your purpose in writing is
    to “sway” readers to your way of viewing the topic or issue.

      P.S. The word “persuade” derives from the word “sway.”

 2. Remember that your purpose is also to prove to your instructor
that you have read and comprehended the readings for the course.
     Thesis Statements are
• A contract between you and your
  readers.
• A promise that you will follow through
  on what you say.
• A commitment.
 How true you are to that commitment
  determines how effective your essay is.
MORAL: Pick a thesis you can be true to.
 Look at thesis statements as
  an opportunity to change
readers’ perspectives in order
  to effect positive change.

								
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