English 112 – Second Semester Composition Course Instructor: Mr. Jeremy Miller Wytheville Community College Ramage, John D., John C. Bean, and June Johnson. The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing. 6th Ed. New York: Pearson 1
Overview Thesis statement location Beginnings of a thesis statement Effective thesis statement Strong thesis statements turning weak 2
Thesis Statement Location Introductory Paragraph Contains: 1) Brief background information 2) The problem 3) Some tension 4) New information for the audience 5) Thesis statement 3
Wallow in complexity Explore ideas Free-write Idea mapping Face-to-face conversations Believing and doubting game (33-34) 4
Surprise Readers Fresh and new Uncertainty, risk, or challenge Give your thesis tension Implies a naysayer 5
Changing Readers’ View Enlarge their view Add to their previous knowledge Help clarify their view Change readers’ entire view on a subject 6
Beginnings of a Thesis Statement Question: What effect has the cell phone had on our culture? Thesis without tension: The invention of the cell phone has brought many advantages to our culture. 7
Thesis Statement Idea “Many people believe X (common view), but I am going to show Y (new, surprising view).” 8
Effective Thesis Statement “Although the cell phone has brought many advantages to our culture, it may also have contributed to an increase in risky behavior among boaters and hikers” (39-40).
However… Strong thesis statements lose strength if… Lacks supporting evidence Paper has an announcement “My paper is going to be about…” 10
Conclusion• Strong thesis statements require a struggle, a mental exercise• You can do it!• Questions? 11
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