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Thesis2

  1. 1. The Thesis Statement Writing and Reading Center Moreno Valley Campus
  2. 2. What is a thesis statement? It is an arguable statement. It is a complete sentence that expresses yourposition/opinion on a given topic. It narrows down your topic to a specific,single focus of investigation. It establishes a direction for the entire paper. It is usually stated in your introduction.
  3. 3. What is not a thesis statement?A thesis is never a question; it could be the answer toa question.A thesis is not an announcement of purpose.A thesis is not simply a topic.A thesis is not a fact.
  4. 4. Writing a Thesis A thesis has two parts  Topic: the main subject to be discussed in the essay  Opinion: what the writer thinks about the main subject to be discussed (the topic) Topic: Community College Students Opinion: Work diligently to pass class, to transfer to universities, and to earn four-year degrees. Thesis: Community college students work diligently to pass class, to transfer to universities, and to earn four-year degrees.
  5. 5. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement What causes violence in children? Poor A thesis statement is not a question!
  6. 6. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement The purpose of my paper is to identify the causes of violence. Poor A thesis is not an announcement of purpose!
  7. 7. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement The education system in the United States. Poor A thesis statement is not just a topic!
  8. 8. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statementTeen pregnancy can be reduced with goodeducation, parental support, and birth control. Yes, a thesis statement reflects a position!
  9. 9. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement I would like to discuss how teachers and students can develop better relationships. Poor A thesis is not an announcement of purpose!
  10. 10. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement I had squash, tomatoes, and corn in my garden last year. Poor A thesis statement is not too narrow!
  11. 11. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statementVegetable gardening can be a frustrating hobby. Yes, a thesis statement reflects a position!
  12. 12. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement Honesty and trust in the classroom. Poor A thesis statement is not just a topic!
  13. 13. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statementHonesty and trust play an important role insuccessful teacher-student relationships. Yes, a thesis statement reflects a position!
  14. 14. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement Advertising has bad effects on all of society. Poor A thesis statement is not too broad!
  15. 15. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement What can be done to reduce violence in schools? Who is to blame-- the parents, the schools, or society in general? Poor A thesis statement is not a question!
  16. 16. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement Toy ads on television teach children to be greedy, competitive, and snobbish. Yes, a thesis statement reflects a position!
  17. 17. Where can you go for additional help with writing assignments? Writing Reading Center: HUM 232 Meet with an Instructor on Duty Meet with a tutor Talk with your instructor Organize a study group

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