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  • WRITING A THESIS STATEMENT
  • WHAT IS A THESIS STATEMENT?
    • One sentence that sums up the argument of your paper. This will help your reader quickly locate your main idea, and predict what is to come in your paper.
  • WHY DO I NEED A THESIS STATEMENT?
    • To test your ideas by expressing them in one or two sentences
    • To better organize and develop your argument
    • To give your reader a “guide to your argument”
  • CREATING A RESEARCH QUESTION
    • Once you have selected a topic, turn it into a question that you will answer in your paper.
    • Example:
      • Topic: The benefits of using computers in a 4 th grade classroom
      • Research Question: What are the benefits of using computers in a 4 th grade classroom?
      • Thesis:
      • The potential benefits of using computers in a 4 th grade classroom are…
      • OR
      • Using computers in a 4 th grade classroom promises to improve…
  • WHAT IS THE RECIPE FOR A STRONG THESIS STATEMENT?
    • Thesis statement checklist:
    • Your thesis statement should
      • Take some sort of stand on the issue
      • Show that the topic is controversial (readers will be interested to hear your side of the argument)
      • Express ONE main idea
      • Be SPECIFIC
  • LET’S LOOK AT SOME EXAMPLES…
    • Indicate whether each thesis statement is strong or weak.
    • Explain why the strong thesis is effective (which element of our checklist does it emphasize?)
    • There are some negative and positive aspects to the Banana Herb Tea Supplement.
    • 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.
    • Because the Internet is filled with tremendous marketing potential, companies should take advantage of this potential by using Web pages that offer both advertising and customer support.
    • Companies need to take advantage of the marketing potential of the Internet, and Web pages can provide both advertising and customer support.
    • World hunger has many causes and effects.
    • Hunger persists in Glandelinia because jobs are scarce and farming in the infertile soil is rarely profitable.
    • My family is an extended family.
    • While most American families would view marriages between relatives as a threat to the nuclear family structure, some Iranian families, like my own, believe that these marriages help reinforce kinship ties in an extended family.
  • NOW LET’S GIVE IT A GO…
    • In your group, develop a research question and a thesis statement that answers the question.
    • Topics
      • School uniforms
      • Banning cell phones in schools
      • Homework
      • Block Scheduling
      • Standardized testing (PSSAs) as a measure of student achievement
  •  
  • WORKS CITED
    • http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/thesis_statement.shtml
    • http://www.universeastext.com/?p=658