Strong Thesis Statements “ In this paper, I am going to tell you my opinion of the things that are going on in the world o...
Thesis Statement Elements <ul><li>Controlling Thought </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is my topic?  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
What is a thesis statement? <ul><li>It is a complete sentence that expresses your position on a given topic. </li></ul><ul...
Strong Thesis Statements <ul><li>Take a Stand </li></ul><ul><li>Justify a Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Express One Main Id...
Take A Stand <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are some negative and positive aspects to the Banana Herb Tea S...
Justify a Discussion <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My family is an extended family. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Verse...
Express One Main Idea <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Companies need to exploit the marketing potential of the Int...
Are Specific <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World hunger has many causes and effects. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vers...
What is  not  a thesis statement? <ul><li>A thesis is  never  a question; it could be the answer to a question. </li></ul>...
Determine whether the following is a  good  or  poor  thesis statement What are the causes of violence? Poor A thesis stat...
Determine whether the following is a  good  or  poor  thesis statement The purpose of my paper is to identify the causes o...
Determine whether the following is a  good  or  poor  thesis statement The education system in the U.S. Poor A thesis stat...
Determine whether the following is a  good  or  poor  thesis statement Teen pregnancy can be reduced with good education, ...
Determine whether the following is a  good  or  poor  thesis statement I would like to discuss how teachers and students c...
Determine whether the following is a  good  or  poor  thesis statement Why are there so many high school drop outs in the ...
Determine whether the following is a  good  or  poor  thesis statement Grades should be eliminated because they cause anxi...
Determine whether the following is a  good  or  poor  thesis statement Honesty and trust in the classroom. Poor A thesis s...
Determine whether the following is a  good  or  poor  thesis statement Honesty and trust play an important role in success...
Determine whether the following is a  good  or  poor  thesis statement The increase of cheating in our classrooms. Poor A ...
Determine whether the following is a  good  or  poor  thesis statement What can be done to reduce violence in schools? Who...
Determine whether the following is a  good  or  poor  thesis statement Essay writing is a process that can be learned, but...
Slides 9-22 created by Vivian Sinou of Purdue University .  Just remember, the thesis must reflect  a position  that can b...
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Strong Thesis Statements

  1. 1. Strong Thesis Statements “ In this paper, I am going to tell you my opinion of the things that are going on in the world of television in the modern day world.” And your point is?
  2. 2. Thesis Statement Elements <ul><li>Controlling Thought </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is my topic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do I feel about it? What is important about it? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thesis Statement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Combine the two components of a controlling thought into a concise sentence. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is a thesis statement? <ul><li>It is a complete sentence that expresses your position on a given topic. </li></ul><ul><li>It narrows down your topic to a specific focus of investigation. </li></ul><ul><li>It establishes a direction for the entire paper, especially if it consists of sub-parts. </li></ul><ul><li>It points forward to the conclusion. </li></ul><ul><li>It is always stated in your introduction. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Strong Thesis Statements <ul><li>Take a Stand </li></ul><ul><li>Justify a Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Express One Main Idea </li></ul><ul><li>Are Specific </li></ul>
  5. 5. Take A Stand <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are some negative and positive aspects to the Banana Herb Tea Supplement. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Verses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Because Banana Herb Tea Supplement promotes rapid weight loss that results in the loss of muscle and lean body mass, it poses a potential danger to customers. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Justify a Discussion <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My family is an extended family. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Verses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>While most American families would view consanguineal marriage as a threat to the nuclear family structure, many Iranian families believe that these marriages help reinforce kinship ties in an extended family. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Express One Main Idea <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Companies need to exploit the marketing potential of the Internet, and web pages can provide both advertising and customer support. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Verses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Because the Internet is filled with tremendous marketing potential, companies should exploit this potential by using web pages that offer both advertising and customer support. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Are Specific <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World hunger has many causes and effects. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Verses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hunger persists in Appalachia because jobs are scarce and farming in the infertile soil is rarely profitable. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What is not a thesis statement? <ul><li>A thesis is never a question; it could be the answer to a question. </li></ul><ul><li>A thesis is not a statement of purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>A thesis is not simply a topic. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement What are the causes of violence? Poor A thesis statement is not a question!
  11. 11. 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 a statement of purpose!
  12. 12. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement The education system in the U.S. Poor A thesis statement is not just a topic!
  13. 13. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement Teen pregnancy can be reduced with good education, parental support, and birth control. Yes, a thesis statement reflects a position!
  14. 14. 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 a statement of purpose!
  15. 15. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement Why are there so many high school drop outs in the U.S.? Poor A thesis statement is not a question!
  16. 16. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement Grades should be eliminated because they cause anxiety and put unnecessary pressure on students. Yes, a thesis statement reflects a position!
  17. 17. 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!
  18. 18. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement Honesty and trust play an important role in successful teacher-student relationships. Yes, a thesis statement reflects a position!
  19. 19. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement The increase of cheating in our classrooms. Poor A thesis statement is not just a topic!
  20. 20. 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!
  21. 21. Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement Essay writing is a process that can be learned, but it takes time, patience, and hard work. Yes, a thesis statement reflects a position!
  22. 22. Slides 9-22 created by Vivian Sinou of Purdue University . Just remember, the thesis must reflect a position that can be supported.
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