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Thesis Statements
What is a thesis statement?A thesis statement is the main idea of anessay.It is often a point you want to argue orsupport ...
A thesis statement is usually onesentence.It is often placed in theintroductory paragraph of anessay.A thesis statement is...
Thesis statements avoid the           following:the first person (I believe, In my opinion,etc.)unclear language (It seems...
A thesis statement shouldcontain a topic (main idea ofwhat you are writing about)contain an opinion about thetopic (what y...
A thesis statement should not be             too broad.Too BroadThe world is a magnificent place to live.BetterGood teache...
Which sentence is too broad to be    a good thesis statement?A. One reason to live in Mountain   City is access to many wo...
Too BoardMountain City is a great place to live.
A thesis statement should not be              too wordy.WordySome problems with Mountain City Elementary  School is that i...
Which sentence is too wordy to be    a good thesis statement?A. Abe Lincoln was one of the best  presidents the United Sta...
Too WordyAbe Lincoln was an excellent speaker, the 16th President of the United States, a liberator of slaves, and united ...
A thesis statement should not be            too general.Too generalMountain City Elementary is a good school.BetterDaily w...
Which sentence is too general to  be a good thesis statement?A. Music makes people happy.B. Music therapy is useful in rel...
Too generalMusic makes people happy.
A thesis statement should not be a               title.A titleCost of LivingBetterThe cost of living in Mountain City is l...
Which sentence would not be agood thesis statement because it is              a title?A. Good teaching has led to an incre...
A TitleRising TCAP Scores at Mountain City Elementary
A thesis statement should not be a              a fact.A factThe average temperature for Mountain City  in winter is 34 an...
Which sentence would not be agood thesis statement because it is              a fact?A. The recycling of one aluminum can ...
A FactThe recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
More Practice
Directions:1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If thereare no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement.2) Tell ...
Directions:1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If thereare no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement.2) Tell ...
Directions:1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If thereare no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement.2) Tell ...
Directions:1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If thereare no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement.2) Tell ...
Directions:1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If thereare no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement.2) Tell ...
Directions:1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If thereare no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement.2) Tell ...
Take out a piece of notebook paper    and number from 1 to 10.In each of the following slides tellwhether the sentence is ...
Good or Bad1. Many people do not like to watch   violent horror movies.2. Today’s movies do not have the   emotional impac...
Good or Bad3. Rap music is the best music   ever.4. Although many people find   rap music offensive, it has   had a positi...
Good or Bad5. I enjoy white water rafting.6. The first white water rafting  trip can challenge a person  both in body and ...
Good or Bad7. Sixth grade students are   busy.8. The life of a typical sixth   grade student is challenging   due to the n...
Good or Bad9. Community service projects include    building shelter for the homeless,    servicing meals to the hungry,  ...
Now you write a Thesis           Statement  Step 1: TOPICState the topic under consideration: cats
Now you write a Thesis         StatementStep 2: ISSUEState the specific issue in the form of adebating proposition (for so...
Now you write a Thesis         StatementStep 3: Position + Rationale ( because-clause)Your topic and issue = your position...
Now you write a Thesis        StatementUse the Thesis paper formula page towrite your thesis statement.Then copy your thes...
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  1. 1. Thesis Statements
  2. 2. What is a thesis statement?A thesis statement is the main idea of anessay.It is often a point you want to argue orsupport in an essay.SOThe thesis statement explains to a readerthe main idea of the essay, and thewriter’s opinion on that idea.
  3. 3. A thesis statement is usually onesentence.It is often placed in theintroductory paragraph of anessay.A thesis statement is a claim thatcould be argued.The essay will contain evidenceand opinions that support theargument.
  4. 4. Thesis statements avoid the following:the first person (I believe, In my opinion,etc.)unclear language (It seems, etc.)attempting two topics at once (even if theyseem related). Pick one and stick with it.just stating a fact - A thesis is somethingyou plan to make an argument about.
  5. 5. A thesis statement shouldcontain a topic (main idea ofwhat you are writing about)contain an opinion about thetopic (what your attitude istoward the topic)
  6. 6. A thesis statement should not be too broad.Too BroadThe world is a magnificent place to live.BetterGood teachers make Mountain City Elementary a fantastic school.
  7. 7. Which sentence is too broad to be a good thesis statement?A. One reason to live in Mountain City is access to many wonderful places to fish.B. Mountain City is a great place to live.
  8. 8. Too BoardMountain City is a great place to live.
  9. 9. A thesis statement should not be too wordy.WordySome problems with Mountain City Elementary School is that it needs a larger playground, an air conditioned gym, an auditorium, restrooms connected to each classroom, running water in the classrooms, and a number of other physical changes to the building.BetterMountain City Elementary needs several changes to its facility to make it a better school.
  10. 10. Which sentence is too wordy to be a good thesis statement?A. Abe Lincoln was one of the best presidents the United States has ever known.B. Abe Lincoln was an excellent speaker, the 16th President of the United States, a liberator of slaves, and united the North and South at the end of the American Civil War.
  11. 11. Too WordyAbe Lincoln was an excellent speaker, the 16th President of the United States, a liberator of slaves, and united the North and South at the end of the American Civil War.
  12. 12. A thesis statement should not be too general.Too generalMountain City Elementary is a good school.BetterDaily writing practice has led to improved writing skills for the students at Mountain City Elementary.
  13. 13. Which sentence is too general to be a good thesis statement?A. Music makes people happy.B. Music therapy is useful in relieving stress and other conditions.
  14. 14. Too generalMusic makes people happy.
  15. 15. A thesis statement should not be a title.A titleCost of LivingBetterThe cost of living in Mountain City is lower than in most other cities in the United States.
  16. 16. Which sentence would not be agood thesis statement because it is a title?A. Good teaching has led to an increase in TCAP scores at Mountain City Elementary.B. Rising TCAP Scores at Mountain City Elementary
  17. 17. A TitleRising TCAP Scores at Mountain City Elementary
  18. 18. A thesis statement should not be a a fact.A factThe average temperature for Mountain City in winter is 34 and in summer is 75 degrees.BetterThe climate in Mountain City is ideal for outdoor sports.
  19. 19. Which sentence would not be agood thesis statement because it is a fact?A. The recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.B. Recycling is one of the most important jobs a person can do to protect our environment.
  20. 20. A FactThe recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
  21. 21. More Practice
  22. 22. Directions:1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If thereare no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement.2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement.Although most people believe otherwise, bats are harmless and highly beneficial.
  23. 23. Directions:1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If thereare no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement.2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement.In this essay I will discuss the crime rate in Mountain City.
  24. 24. Directions:1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If thereare no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement.2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement.Energetic exercise is a good way to help relieve stress.
  25. 25. Directions:1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If thereare no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement.2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement.Mountain City and Boone differ in many ways.
  26. 26. Directions:1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If thereare no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement.2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement.This paper will consider the advantages and disadvantages of students having nightly homework.
  27. 27. Directions:1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If thereare no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement.2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement.Hate speech should be eliminated for many reasons.
  28. 28. Take out a piece of notebook paper and number from 1 to 10.In each of the following slides tellwhether the sentence is a good or bad thesis statement.
  29. 29. Good or Bad1. Many people do not like to watch violent horror movies.2. Today’s movies do not have the emotional impact of the classic horror movies of the 1940’s.
  30. 30. Good or Bad3. Rap music is the best music ever.4. Although many people find rap music offensive, it has had a positive impact on today’s youth.
  31. 31. Good or Bad5. I enjoy white water rafting.6. The first white water rafting trip can challenge a person both in body and spirit.
  32. 32. Good or Bad7. Sixth grade students are busy.8. The life of a typical sixth grade student is challenging due to the need to succeed in extracurricular activities.
  33. 33. Good or Bad9. Community service projects include building shelter for the homeless, servicing meals to the hungry, providing transportation for the sick, distributing clothes, and a large number of other helpful activities.10. Students should help others who are less fortunate.
  34. 34. Now you write a Thesis Statement Step 1: TOPICState the topic under consideration: cats
  35. 35. Now you write a Thesis StatementStep 2: ISSUEState the specific issue in the form of adebating proposition (for something). Theissue usually answers the question“what?” What about cats?– Cats should be subject to leash laws.
  36. 36. Now you write a Thesis StatementStep 3: Position + Rationale ( because-clause)Your topic and issue = your position. Now,using a because-clause. – Cats should be subject to leash laws because they are natural wanderers.
  37. 37. Now you write a Thesis StatementUse the Thesis paper formula page towrite your thesis statement.Then copy your thesis statement on tothe Research Paper Graphic Organizer.
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