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Short thesis statement

  1. 1. Thesis Statements
  2. 2. It is typically one sentence; however, sometimes you may need more than one sentence. It states the main idea or argument of your essay. It lets your reader know what to expect. It is the basis for your entire essay. It is the most important part of your essay. It is awesome (kinda).
  3. 3. What does a thesis statement do? A thesis statement… provides the point you want to prove. Presents your argument in a concise form. gives the structure your essay will follow. can provide the opposite point of view.
  4. 4. Are there different types of thesis statements? Open vs. Closed An Open Thesis does not contain the body points. i.e. Everyone should drive a hybrid car. A Closed Thesis includes the body points. i.e. Everyone should drive a hybrid car because they pollute less, they get better mileage, and they help reduce gasoline costs.
  5. 5. Your thesis is the foundation of your essay The entire essay attempts to prove that your thesis is correct. Constantly refer back to your thesis to make sure that your essay is staying on track If you used a Closed Thesis, your body paragraphs should cover one of the points mentioned in your thesis. Your body paragraphs should go in the same order as the points they cover were mentioned in the thesis.
  6. 6. How do I write a thesis statement?
  7. 7. Just as E = mc²… Subject + Opinion = Thesis
  8. 8. Simple or Complex? A beginning THESIS STATEMENT: A is B. A better THESIS STATEMENT: A is B because of x, y, and z A more complex THESIS STATEMENT: Although C is D, A is B because of x, y, and z.
  9. 9. Thesis Formula Although , ________ because _,_____________ and _______________________. gasoline-powered cars are popularpeople should drive hybrid cars they cut down on pollution they save you money on gas, hybrid owners receive special tax breaks
  10. 10. _________________________ + __________________________ Subject Opinion because _____________________________, _____________________________, reason 1 reason 2 _________________________________________ reason 3 Although _________________________________________________, counter argument (opposite of your opinion) the war on drugs is a travesty of justice sentencing laws are discriminatory more prisons than colleges are built and addition is treated as a crime rather than a disease. most politicians support ongoing funding for the DEA
  11. 11. Thesis Formula Although , ________ because _____. many people remain skeptical the gov’t should fund research on bigfoot compelling evidence suggests it exists
  12. 12. Simple or Complex? Examples: BASIC THESIS (just alright!): Community colleges are an important part of California’s educational system. MORE COMPLEX THESIS (much better!): Community colleges are an important part of California’s educational system because they are a more cost-effective way to attain a degree, classes are smaller, and they prepare students for the demands of University life.
  13. 13. Simple or Complex? Examples: VERY COMPLEX THESIS (perfect!!): Although many students want to go straight from high school to a four-year university, community colleges are an important part of California’s educational system because they are a more cost-effective way to attain a degree, classes are smaller than at most four-year universities, and they prepare students for the demands of University life.
  14. 14. A Few Examples The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was written by Mark Twain in 1876. Some people think that The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain’s best novel. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain’s best novel. Although some scholars argue that Huckleberry Finn is Twain’s crowning achievement, the Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain’s best novel because of its use of satire, imagery, and symbolism. WEAK WEAK STRONG STRONGER
  15. 15. Once all necessary and relevant background knowledge is stated, it is typically then that a thesis statement can be declared in the last sentence of the introduction paragraph.
  16. 16. Prompts What do you believe are the benefits of daily exercise? Are online courses better than traditional course? Why or why not? Do you believe that television has more of a negative or positive impact on society? Why or why not? What age do you think is more appropriate for someone to be able to get their driver’s license, and why? What do you think should be the main priorities for California’s budget? Should marijuana be legalized in CA?

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