Thesis Statements with Points Listed

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Thesis Statements with Points Listed

  1. 1. Thesis Statements with Listed Points
  2. 2. Thesis Statements  All good thesis statements present a topic that is arguable.  One type of thesis statement is a thesis that lists points.  A thesis statement that lists points previews the ideas supported in the upcoming body paragraphs.
  3. 3. Determining a Stance  When drafting the thesis statement, determine the overall stance you want to take on the topic and then the supporting arguments for such an argument.  Argument explored: Should school uniforms be required?  Stance: School uniforms should be required.
  4. 4. Supporting the Stance  School uniforms should be required because… ? ? ? • Sub-topic #1 • Sub-topic #2 • Sub-topic #3
  5. 5. Breaking It Down into 3 Sub-Topics 1 • School uniforms improve studentteacher relations. 2 • School uniforms encourage solidarity. 3 • School uniforms enhance school safety.
  6. 6. Parallel Structure  Next, using parallel structure, combine the three sub-topics into one sentence.  Parallel structure lists items and uses words and phrases that end similarly. For instance, if a list of words uses the –ing form of a word, all words in the list use the –ing form.
  7. 7. Examples of Parallel Structure  Non-Parallel Structure: Activities where students write, are multiplying, and label ensure more effective mastery of a topic.  Parallel Structure: Activities using writing, multiplying, and labeling ensure more effective mastery of a topic.  Non-Parallel Structure: Negative public feedback should never be issued because it is offensive, unnecessary, and makes everyone depressed.  Parallel Structure: Negative public feedback should never be issued because it is offensive, unnecessary, and depressing.
  8. 8. Thesis Statement with Listed Points  Non-Parallel Structure: School uniforms should improve school relations, solidarity, and can lead to more safety in schools.  Parallel Structure: School uniforms should be required to improve school relations, solidarity, and safety.  Finally, in your body paragraphs, you will write at least one paragraph on each of the sub-topics mentioned in the three-part thesis statement so that your thesis statement is well-supported.
  9. 9. Any questions?
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