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Components of a strong thesis statement

Components of a strong thesis statement

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  • 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. Thesis Statement Elements
    • Controlling Thought
      • What is my topic?
      • How do I feel about it? What is important about it?
    • Thesis Statement
      • Combine the two components of a controlling thought into a concise sentence.
  • 3. What is a thesis statement?
    • It is a complete sentence that expresses your position on a given topic.
    • It narrows down your topic to a specific focus of investigation.
    • It establishes a direction for the entire paper, especially if it consists of sub-parts.
    • It points forward to the conclusion.
    • It is always stated in your introduction.
  • 4. Strong Thesis Statements
    • Take a Stand
    • Justify a Discussion
    • Express One Main Idea
    • Are Specific
  • 5. Take A Stand
    • Consider:
      • There are some negative and positive aspects to the Banana Herb Tea Supplement.
    • Verses:
      • 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.
  • 6. Justify a Discussion
    • Consider:
      • My family is an extended family.
    • Verses:
      • 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.
  • 7. Express One Main Idea
    • Consider:
      • Companies need to exploit the marketing potential of the Internet, and web pages can provide both advertising and customer support.
    • Verses:
      • 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.
  • 8. Are Specific
    • Consider:
      • World hunger has many causes and effects.
    • Verses:
      • Hunger persists in Appalachia because jobs are scarce and farming in the infertile soil is rarely profitable.
  • 9. What is not a thesis statement?
    • A thesis is never a question; it could be the answer to a question.
    • A thesis is not a statement of purpose.
    • A thesis is not simply a topic.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Slides 9-22 created by Vivian Sinou of Purdue University . Just remember, the thesis must reflect a position that can be supported.