Writing a Thesis Statement
What is a thesis statement? <ul><li>A thesis is a clear, concise statement of the writer’s assertion about the subject. </...
A thesis will… <ul><li>Tell the reader what this piece of writing is about </li></ul><ul><li>Indicate the writer’s attitud...
An effective thesis… <ul><li>Is restricted, unified, and precise </li></ul><ul><li>Must not be a sentence fragment </li></...
Composing a thesis <ul><li>The initial thesis statement you write will be a  working thesis .  </li></ul><ul><li>The  fina...
Working Thesis <ul><li>A working thesis will exhibit five properties: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Author  </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Essay Map <ul><li>In addition to author, genre, title, topic, and evaluation of topic that will be included in your thesis...
Final Thesis <ul><li>Your final thesis will probably not look exactly like your working thesis. In fact, it is a good idea...
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  1. 1. Writing a Thesis Statement
  2. 2. What is a thesis statement? <ul><li>A thesis is a clear, concise statement of the writer’s assertion about the subject. </li></ul>
  3. 3. A thesis will… <ul><li>Tell the reader what this piece of writing is about </li></ul><ul><li>Indicate the writer’s attitude about the subject </li></ul><ul><li>Make a contract with readers: by the end of the essay, readers will understand why the writer thinks the way he/she does about the subject </li></ul>
  4. 4. An effective thesis… <ul><li>Is restricted, unified, and precise </li></ul><ul><li>Must not be a sentence fragment </li></ul><ul><li>Must not be a question </li></ul><ul><li>Is not a tentative statement </li></ul><ul><li>Does not contain phrases such as, “I think…” or “I believe…” or “I will write about…” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Composing a thesis <ul><li>The initial thesis statement you write will be a working thesis . </li></ul><ul><li>The final thesis will be a version that will fit into your introduction. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Working Thesis <ul><li>A working thesis will exhibit five properties: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Author </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Genre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4. Topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5. Evaluation of topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: In Robert Frost’s poem “Design,” white </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 2 3 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>represents life/death. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Essay Map <ul><li>In addition to author, genre, title, topic, and evaluation of topic that will be included in your thesis, you may also include an essay map. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: In Robert Frost’s poem “Design,” the </li></ul><ul><li>1 2 3 </li></ul><ul><li>white spider, moth, and flower represent a </li></ul><ul><li>6 6 6 </li></ul><ul><li>cycle of life and death. </li></ul><ul><li>5 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Final Thesis <ul><li>Your final thesis will probably not look exactly like your working thesis. In fact, it is a good idea to revise and polish your thesis statement as your essay progresses. This will allow your thesis to flow easily within your introduction. </li></ul>
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