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A work-up of several thesis statement presentations for the benefit of my adult ed class.

A work-up of several thesis statement presentations for the benefit of my adult ed class.

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  • 1. CREATING A STRONG ANALYTICAL DEFINING YOUR PURPOSE . . .FOCUSING YOUR WRITING AND YOUR
  • 2. CREATING A STRONG ANALYTICAL DEFINING YOUR PURPOSE . . .FOCUSING YOUR WRITING AND YOURWith appreciation to Brent Simoneaux, “Lesson 5: Thesis Statements”, http://www.slideshare.net/bsimoneaux/lesson-5-thesis-statements
  • 3. Argument:An argument: a reasoned and logicalcommunication of ideas to someaudience.An argument: works to producesome NEW understanding of someissue to its audience
  • 4. Kinds of Argument
  • 5. Kinds of ArgumentClaims of fact or definitionClaims of cause and effectClaims about valueClaims about solutions of policies
  • 6. Kinds of Argument
  • 7. Kinds of ArgumentClaims of fact or definition: Globalwarming threatens the planet with ruin anddestruction . . . .Claims of cause and effectClaims about valueClaims about solutions of policies
  • 8. Kinds of Argument
  • 9. Kinds of ArgumentClaims of fact or definitionClaims of cause and effect: Overfishinghas ruined Maine’s Grand Banks fishingzone. . . .Claims about valueClaims about solutions of policies
  • 10. Kinds of Argument
  • 11. Kinds of ArgumentClaims of fact or definitionClaims of cause and effectClaims about value: Computer dating isthe best/worst thing that ever happenedto singles in America. . . .Claims about solutions of policies
  • 12. Kinds of Argument
  • 13. Kinds of ArgumentClaims of fact or definitionClaims of cause and effectClaims about valueClaims about solutions of policies: Thecure for our country’s debt crisis ismassive new tax hikes on incomeearners . . .
  • 14. Launching Your ArgumentWith a Thesis Statement
  • 15. Launching Your ArgumentWith a Thesis StatementAppears at the beginning of your paper
  • 16. Launching Your ArgumentWith a Thesis StatementAppears at the beginning of your paperConsists of a single (but kinda long) sentence
  • 17. Launching Your ArgumentWith a Thesis StatementAppears at the beginning of your paperConsists of a single (but kinda long) sentenceAnnounces the conclusion of your argument.
  • 18. Launching Your ArgumentWith a Thesis StatementAppears at the beginning of your paperConsists of a single (but kinda long) sentenceAnnounces the conclusion of your argument.States the reasons for your conclusion
  • 19. Launching Your ArgumentWith a Thesis StatementAppears at the beginning of your paperConsists of a single (but kinda long) sentenceAnnounces the conclusion of your argument.States the reasons for your conclusionDefines your purpose
  • 20. Launching Your Argument With a Thesis StatementAppears at the beginning of your paperConsists of a single (but kinda long) sentenceAnnounces the conclusion of your argument.States the reasons for your conclusionDefines your purposeFocuses you (on your writing) and your audience (ontheir reading)
  • 21. Building Your Thesis Statement O ur Federa l Tax CodeThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . .
  • 22. Building Your Thesis Statement O ur Federa l Tax CodeThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . . It’s not a complete sentence
  • 23. Building Your Thesis Statement O ur Federa l Tax CodeThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . . It’s not a complete sentence It does not state a conclusion about anything
  • 24. Building Your Thesis Statement O ur Federa l Tax CodeThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . . It’s not a complete sentence It does not state a conclusion about anything It makes no arguable claims about the topic
  • 25. Building Your Thesis Statement O ur Federa l Tax CodeThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . . It’s not a complete sentence It does not state a conclusion about anything It makes no arguable claims about the topic It argues no evidence, gives no reasons for either a claim or a conclusion
  • 26. Building Your Thesis Statement t e about ou r Federal I’m g oing to wri T ax CodeThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . .
  • 27. Building Your Thesis Statement t e about ou r Federal I’m g oing to wri T ax CodeThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . . It’s not a complete sentence and the focus is on ‘I’ the writer, not the topic
  • 28. Building Your Thesis Statement t e about ou r Federal I’m g oing to wri T ax CodeThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . . It’s not a complete sentence and the focus is on ‘I’ the writer, not the topic States no conclusion about anything
  • 29. Building Your Thesis Statement t e about ou r Federal I’m g oing to wri T ax CodeThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . . It’s not a complete sentence and the focus is on ‘I’ the writer, not the topic States no conclusion about anything It makes no arguable claims about the topic
  • 30. Building Your Thesis Statement t e about ou r Federal I’m g oing to wri T ax CodeThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . . It’s not a complete sentence and the focus is on ‘I’ the writer, not the topic States no conclusion about anything It makes no arguable claims about the topic It argues no evidence, gives no reasons for either a claim or a conclusion
  • 31. Building Your Thesis Statement1040 this my I spent si x hours on year.This is NOT a thesis statement because . . .
  • 32. Building Your Thesis Statement1040 this my I spent si x hours on year.This is NOT a thesis statement because . . . The focus is still on ‘I’ the writer, not the topic
  • 33. Building Your Thesis Statement1040 this my I spent si x hours on year.This is NOT a thesis statement because . . . The focus is still on ‘I’ the writer, not the topic States a fact-no argument possible or likely
  • 34. Building Your Thesis Statement1040 this my I spent si x hours on year.This is NOT a thesis statement because . . . The focus is still on ‘I’ the writer, not the topic States a fact-no argument possible or likely It makes no arguable claims about the topic
  • 35. Building Your Thesis Statement1040 this my I spent si x hours on year.This is NOT a thesis statement because . . . The focus is still on ‘I’ the writer, not the topic States a fact-no argument possible or likely It makes no arguable claims about the topic It argues no evidence, gives no reasons for either a claim or a conclusion
  • 36. Building Your Thesis Statement the Federal Ta x Code. I hateThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . .
  • 37. Building Your Thesis Statement the Federal Ta x Code. I hateThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . . The focus is still on ‘I’ the writer, not the topic
  • 38. Building Your Thesis Statement the Federal Ta x Code. I hateThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . . The focus is still on ‘I’ the writer, not the topic States an opinion-no argument possible or likely
  • 39. Building Your Thesis Statement the Federal Ta x Code. I hateThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . . The focus is still on ‘I’ the writer, not the topic States an opinion-no argument possible or likely It makes no arguable claims about the topic
  • 40. Building Your Thesis Statement the Federal Ta x Code. I hateThis is NOT a thesis statement because . . . The focus is still on ‘I’ the writer, not the topic States an opinion-no argument possible or likely It makes no arguable claims about the topic It argues no evidence, gives no reasons for either a claim or a conclusion
  • 41. Building Your Thesis Statement de is too o The Fe deral Tax C dep ressing and frightening.This is NOT a good thesis statement because . . .
  • 42. Building Your Thesis Statement de is too o The Fe deral Tax C dep ressing and frightening.This is NOT a good thesis statement because . . . It’s too broad and vague hard to focus on.
  • 43. Building Your Thesis Statement de is too o The Fe deral Tax C dep ressing and frightening.This is NOT a good thesis statement because . . . It’s too broad and vague hard to focus on. Fuzzy claims are hard to argue for or against
  • 44. Building Your Thesis Statement de is too o The Fe deral Tax C dep ressing and frightening.This is NOT a good thesis statement because . . . It’s too broad and vague hard to focus on. Fuzzy claims are hard to argue for or against Possibly too personal, bordering on opinion
  • 45. Building Your Thesis Statement edera l Tax Cod e is helpful. The FThis is NOT a good thesis statement yet because . . .
  • 46. Building Your Thesis Statement edera l Tax Cod e is helpful. The FThis is NOT a good thesis statement yet because . . . Although the statement makes an arguable claim. . . .
  • 47. Building Your Thesis Statement edera l Tax Cod e is helpful. The FThis is NOT a good thesis statement yet because . . . Although the statement makes an arguable claim. . . . The predicate (“is helpful”) needs to be developed and detailed.
  • 48. Building Your Thesis Statement edera l Tax Cod e is helpful. The FThis is NOT a good thesis statement yet because . . . Although the statement makes an arguable claim. . . . The predicate (“is helpful”) needs to be developed and detailed. Helpful how? In what ways?
  • 49. Building Your Thesis Statement edera l Tax Cod e is helpful. The FThis is NOT a good thesis statement yet because . . . Although the statement makes an arguable claim. . . . The predicate (“is helpful”) needs to be developed and detailed. Helpful how? In what ways? Helpful for whom? When? Always?
  • 50. Building Your Thesis The Statementprivileges and Federal Tax Co de needs reform b cial ecause it is too d with unfair spe co mplicated, it is fille capital flight from vites evasion and ex emptions and it in the US.This is a thesis statement because . . .
  • 51. Building Your Thesis The Statementprivileges and Federal Tax Co de needs reform b cial ecause it is too d with unfair spe co mplicated, it is fille capital flight from vites evasion and ex emptions and it in the US.This is a thesis statement because . . . It forms a complete sentence with clear, sharp language
  • 52. Building Your Thesis The Statementprivileges and Federal Tax Co de needs reform b cial ecause it is too d with unfair spe co mplicated, it is fille capital flight from vites evasion and ex emptions and it in the US.This is a thesis statement because . . . It forms a complete sentence with clear, sharp language It states a firm conclusion about the topic
  • 53. Building Your Thesis The Statementprivileges and Federal Tax Co de needs reform b cial ecause it is too d with unfair spe co mplicated, it is fille capital flight from vites evasion and ex emptions and it in the US.This is a thesis statement because . . . It forms a complete sentence with clear, sharp language It states a firm conclusion about the topic It makes arguable claims about the topic
  • 54. Building Your Thesis The Statementprivileges and Federal Tax Co de needs reform b cial ecause it is too d with unfair spe co mplicated, it is fille capital flight from vites evasion and ex emptions and it in the US.This is a thesis statement because . . . It forms a complete sentence with clear, sharp language It states a firm conclusion about the topic It makes arguable claims about the topic It argues evidence and gives reasons for the conclusion
  • 55. A Good Thesis Statement produces a DOUBLE BENEFITFor the Writer: You have the parts of your essay RIGHTTHERE IN FRONT OF YOU!!!!! You know what you want to prove and how you’re going to prove it! You know the kind of EVIDENCE you will search for!
  • 56. A Good Thesis Statement produces a DOUBLE BENEFIT For the Writer: You have the parts of your essay RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU!!!!! You know what you want to prove and how you’re going to prove it! You know the kind of EVIDENCE you will search for!For the Readers: The readers see a ‘map‘ of your essay rightthere at the beginning. They know what you want to prove and how you’re going to prove it! They know the kind of EVIDENCE you will offer.