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<ul><li>An LAVC Writing Center Workshop Presentation </li></ul>
<ul><li>It is one sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>It states the main idea or argument of your essay. </li></ul><ul><li>It is t...
<ul><li>The topic/subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Your opinion of the topic. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick Activity :  Pick a sub...
<ul><li>The Thesis is the central idea of attention within an essay </li></ul><ul><li>It tells the reader what position yo...
<ul><li>The THESIS STATEMENT doesn’t always come first in the writing process, but it is good to develop it early so you c...
<ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Just as  E  = mc² … </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Subject + Opinion =  Thesis </li></ul>
 
 
<ul><li>The first sentence of your introductory paragraph should contain an  attention getter , which is a sentence that a...
<ul><li>Once all necessary and relevant background knowledge is stated, it is typically then that a thesis statement can b...
<ul><li>After the Thesis Statement, an essay has  body paragraphs . Each  body paragraph  should be at least 3-4 sentences...
<ul><li>After your  body paragraphs , you will have a  conclusion paragraph  that is located at the very end of your essay...
<ul><li>A beginning THESIS STATEMENT: </li></ul><ul><li>A is B. </li></ul><ul><li>A better THESIS STATEMENT:  </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>BASIC THESIS (just alright!):  Community colleges are an important part of California’s educational system. </li><...
<ul><li>VERY COMPLEX THESIS (perfect!!):  Although many students want to go straight from high school to a four-year unive...
<ul><li>Although  is a conjunction that means, “in spite of the fact; even though,” and is helpful in connecting and compa...
<ul><li>Thesis statements that are too broad and general will lead to an essay that lacks focus.  </li></ul><ul><li>Certai...
<ul><li>CONNECT-THE-THESIS Worksheet </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own THESIS STATEMENTS! </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can do ...
<ul><li>http://www.lavc.edu/WCweb/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://thewritingcenter.edulounge.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://stude...
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  1. 1. <ul><li>An LAVC Writing Center Workshop Presentation </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>It is one sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>It states the main idea or argument of your essay. </li></ul><ul><li>It is typically placed at the end of the introduction paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>It lets your reader know what to expect. </li></ul><ul><li>It is the basis for your entire essay. </li></ul><ul><li>It is the most important part of your essay. </li></ul><ul><li>It is awesome (kinda ) . </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The topic/subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Your opinion of the topic. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick Activity : Pick a subject that you feel you can support or disprove and try to think of three things you feel support your idea . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For example: LAVC is a great college because of their experienced teachers, skilled tutoring offices, and welcoming academic environment. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The Thesis is the central idea of attention within an essay </li></ul><ul><li>It tells the reader what position you are supporting about the subject in the essay. </li></ul><ul><li>The thesis must always be a complete sentence that is: specific, succinct, and suggestive of the organization to be followed in the essay. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The THESIS STATEMENT doesn’t always come first in the writing process, but it is good to develop it early so you can use it as a guide for your paper. </li></ul><ul><li>I am writing about ____________ , and I am going to argue, show, or prove that _________, by stating that ___________ , _____________ , and _____________. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Just as E = mc² … </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Subject + Opinion = Thesis </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>The first sentence of your introductory paragraph should contain an attention getter , which is a sentence that attracts your reader’s attention makes them want to read further. </li></ul><ul><li>The introduction paragraph of an essay provides the reader with a general survey of information of the subject being discussed. </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>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 . </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>After the Thesis Statement, an essay has body paragraphs . Each body paragraph should be at least 3-4 sentences long and will include a topic sentence and concluding sentence to let the reader know what that paragraph will discuss. </li></ul><ul><li>These body paragraphs should discuss what you have stated in your Thesis Statement using evidence to back up your claims. </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>After your body paragraphs , you will have a conclusion paragraph that is located at the very end of your essay. </li></ul><ul><li>Your conclusion paragraph should restate the ideas in your Thesis, but in a different way. Conclude your thoughts and let the reader know why you have successfully proved your point. </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>A beginning THESIS STATEMENT: </li></ul><ul><li>A is B. </li></ul><ul><li>A better THESIS STATEMENT: </li></ul><ul><li>A is B because of x, y, and z </li></ul><ul><li>A more complex THESIS STATEMENT: </li></ul><ul><li>Although C is D, A is B because of x, y, and z. </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>BASIC THESIS (just alright!): Community colleges are an important part of California’s educational system. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>Although is a conjunction that means, “in spite of the fact; even though,” and is helpful in connecting and comparing/contrasting different, but related, ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Because is also a conjunction that means, “for the reason that; since,” and is useful for offering insight and introducing supporting details for a claim. </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>Thesis statements that are too broad and general will lead to an essay that lacks focus. </li></ul><ul><li>Certain words may be used to narrow the focus of an argument, as well as expand a thesis statement to make it as specific as possible. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE: “While, “Although,” “Because”: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ While/Although the rise of industrialization led to the expansion of global trade relations, the conditions of working class people deteriorated because __________, _________, and _____________. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>CONNECT-THE-THESIS Worksheet </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own THESIS STATEMENTS! </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can do it! </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>http://www.lavc.edu/WCweb/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://thewritingcenter.edulounge.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://studenthacks.org/2007/11/06/thesis-statement/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.csu.edu.au/division/studserv/learning/essay/structure.htm </li></ul>
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