Thesis Statement: Five Paragraph Essay

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  • 1. The Thesis Statement Every 5-paragraph essay has a THESISSTATEMENT. A thesis statement is one sentence thatclearly and concisely tells the reader whatyour paper will be about. (It is the main pointor position you will defend in your paper). The thesis sentence should argue apoint/position, not summarize information orfacts.The thesis statement is usually found in thefirst paragraph
  • 2. A thesis statement is anassertion (a claim or declaration), not a statement of fact or an observation.Fact or observation: People use manylawn chemicals.Thesis: People are poisoning theenvironment with chemicals merely tokeep their lawns clean.
  • 3. A thesis takes a stand rather than announcing a subject.Announcement: The thesis of this paper isthe difficulty of solving our environmentalproblems.Thesis: Solving our environmental problemsis more difficult than many environmentalistsbelieve.
  • 4. A thesis is the main idea, not the title. It must be a complete sentence that explains in somedetail what you expect to write about.Title: Social Security and Old Age.Thesis: Continuing changes in the SocialSecurity System makes it almostimpossible to plan intelligently for onesretirement.
  • 5. A thesis statement is narrow, rather than broad. If the thesis statementis sufficiently narrow, it can be fully supported. Broad: The Canadian steel industry has many problems.Narrow: The primary problem if the Canadiansteel industry is the lack of funds to renovateoutdated plants and equipment.
  • 6. A thesis statement is specific rather than vague or general. Vague: Hemingways war stories are very good.Specific: Hemingways stories helped create a new prose style by employing extensivedialogue, shorter sentences, and strong Anglo- Saxon words.
  • 7. A thesis statement has one main point rather than several main points. More than one point may be too difficult forthe reader to understand and the writer to support. More than one main point: Stephen Hawkings physical disability has not prevented him from becoming a world-renowned physicist, and his book is the subject of a movie. One Main point: Stephen Hawkings physical disability has not prevented him from becoming a world renowned physicist.
  • 8. Revising Your Thesis StatementYou can revise your thesis statement whenever you want to while you are writing your essay.Writers often discover what their real purpose and point is in the process of putting their thoughts into words and then reading what theyve written.
  • 9. The Thesis StatementA good argumentative thesis provides not only a position on an issue, but also suggests the structure of the paper.The thesis should allow the reader to imagine and anticipate the flow of the paper, in which a sequence of points logically prove the essays main assertion.
  • 10. Thesis Statement It should have 3 (for a 5 paragraph essay) points specifically laid out in the order you want to discuss them: Dogs are great pets because they help owners get exercise and are loyal and friendly.If using this as a thesis, the paper should follow the format it laysout. Paragraph 1 will be about dogs helping owners get exercise, Paragraph 2 about dogs being loyal, Paragraph 3 about dogs being friendly.You should be able to transition smoothly between paragraphs,so order your points in a manner that flows well logically.Each paragraph should begin with a topic sentence that relatesdirectly back to your thesis.