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Writing a thesis

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  • 1. The most important and often most challenging step…
  • 2. What’s a Thesis? A statement of the purpose or focus of an essay…what the writer will prove.
    • A tool for organization.
    • Serves to narrow your focus so that your writing has clear direction.
    • A single sentence.
  • 3. EXAMPLES
    • Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement:
    • The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers.
    • The paper that follows should:
    • explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers
    • Source: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/545/01/
  • 4.
    • Example of an argumentative thesis statement:
    • 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.
    • The paper that follows should:
    • present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college
    • Source: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/545/01/
  • 5.
    • Expository Essay Thesis Statement
    • Sample Prompt: Explain why a healthy diet is
    • important.
    • Weak Thesis Examples:
    • Too broad : A healthy diet is important.
    • Too narrow : People should include eight servings of fruits and vegetables in their diet everyday.
    • Off topic : Bananas are one of the most nutritious foods on earth.
    • Strong thesis : A healthy diet is important because it increases energy, prevents illness and promotes well-being in all people.
    • Source: http://lesson-plans-materials.suite101.com/article.cfm/writing_effective_thesis_statements_for_essays
  • 6.
    • Persuasive Thesis Statement
    • Sample Prompt: Convince your reader whether school uniforms should be mandatory in public schools.
    • Weak Thesis Examples:
    • Too broad : It is outrageous for students to be forced to wear school uniforms.
    • Too narrow : Students who are forced to wear school uniforms have their creativity stifled.
    • Off topic : When kids grow up, they will have bad memories of school.
    • 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
    • Source: http://lesson-plans-materials.suite101.com/article.cfm/writing_effective_thesis_statements_for_essays
  • 7. Another site to check out for more help…
    • http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Thesis-Statement-%28High-School-Students%29
  • 8. You will be writing great thesis statements in no time!

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