Writing Thesis Statements

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Writing Thesis Statements

  1. 1. Power UP:•What is a thesis statement? •What is the purpose of including a thesis statement in your writing?
  2. 2. Writing Thesis Statements
  3. 3. What is a thesis statement? • Nearly every assignment, including research papers, can be reduced to a single question • The thesis statement is the answer to this question • It is the center point of your entire paper: everything else that you write should support your thesis statement
  4. 4. What makes a good thesis statement?• Concise• One main idea• A point that a reasonable person can disagree with• Specific• Reasonable given the assignment
  5. 5. ConciseYour thesis statement should be no more than one sentence
  6. 6. A Poor exampleMartin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X aretwo historical figures who both changedthe course of history by fighting for the civilrights of all people. Even though they haddifferent viewpoints, they were still able todo this.
  7. 7. A better wayDespite different viewpoints, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X both changed the course of history by fighting for civil rights.
  8. 8. One Main IdeaYour thesis statement shouldexpress only one main idea. Thisidea is what you’re trying to provewith your paper.
  9. 9. A Poor exampleDespite different viewpoints, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X both changed the course of history by fighting for civil rights, which is the most important social issue today.We’re tryingto prove too muchhere!
  10. 10. A Better ExampleDespite different viewpoints, Martin LutherKing, Jr. and Malcolm X both changed thecourse of history by fighting for civil rights.
  11. 11. A Point That a Reasonable Person Can Disagree WithYour thesis statement should not be a statement of fact.
  12. 12. A Poor ExampleMartin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X aretwo civil rights leaders.What are we tryingto prove?
  13. 13. SpecificBe as explicit as possible.
  14. 14. A poor exampleMartin Luther King, Jr. is a good man. What will this essay be about?
  15. 15. Reasonable Given the AssignmentWrite something you can prove in 5-6 pages.

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