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  • 1. Thesis Statements
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Too BoardMountain City is a great place to live.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Too generalMusic makes people happy.
  • 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. 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. A TitleRising TCAP Scores at Mountain City Elementary
  • 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. 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. A FactThe recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
  • 21. More Practice
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Now you write a Thesis Statement Step 1: TOPICState the topic under consideration: cats
  • 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. 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. 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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