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Writing a thesis
 

Writing a thesis

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    • The most important and often most challenging step…
    • 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.
    • 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/
      • 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/
      • 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
      • 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
    • Another site to check out for more help…
      • http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Thesis-Statement-%28High-School-Students%29
    • You will be writing great thesis statements in no time!