Writing a thesis


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Writing a thesis

  1. 1. The most important and often most challenging step…
  2. 2. What’s a Thesis? A statement of the purpose or focus of an essay…what the writer will prove. <ul><li>A tool for organization. </li></ul><ul><li>Serves to narrow your focus so that your writing has clear direction. </li></ul><ul><li>A single sentence. </li></ul>
  3. 3. EXAMPLES <ul><li>Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement: </li></ul><ul><li>The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers. </li></ul><ul><li>The paper that follows should: </li></ul><ul><li>explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers </li></ul><ul><li>Source: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/545/01/ </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Example of an argumentative thesis statement: </li></ul><ul><li>High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness. </li></ul><ul><li>The paper that follows should: </li></ul><ul><li>present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college </li></ul><ul><li>Source: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/545/01/ </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Expository Essay Thesis Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Sample Prompt: Explain why a healthy diet is </li></ul><ul><li>important. </li></ul><ul><li>Weak Thesis Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Too broad : A healthy diet is important. </li></ul><ul><li>Too narrow : People should include eight servings of fruits and vegetables in their diet everyday. </li></ul><ul><li>Off topic : Bananas are one of the most nutritious foods on earth. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong thesis : A healthy diet is important because it increases energy, prevents illness and promotes well-being in all people. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: http://lesson-plans-materials.suite101.com/article.cfm/writing_effective_thesis_statements_for_essays </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Persuasive Thesis Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Sample Prompt: Convince your reader whether school uniforms should be mandatory in public schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Weak Thesis Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Too broad : It is outrageous for students to be forced to wear school uniforms. </li></ul><ul><li>Too narrow : Students who are forced to wear school uniforms have their creativity stifled. </li></ul><ul><li>Off topic : When kids grow up, they will have bad memories of school. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong thesis : School uniforms should not be mandatory in public schools because it would stifle students ’ creativity, take away students’ rights, and cause students to lose interest in school </li></ul><ul><li>Source: http://lesson-plans-materials.suite101.com/article.cfm/writing_effective_thesis_statements_for_essays </li></ul>
  7. 7. Another site to check out for more help… <ul><li>http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Thesis-Statement-%28High-School-Students%29 </li></ul>
  8. 8. You will be writing great thesis statements in no time!
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