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  • 1.
    • An LAVC Writing Center Workshop Presentation
  • 2.
    • It is one sentence.
    • It states the main idea or argument of your essay.
    • It is typically placed at the end of the introduction paragraph.
    • 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.
    • The topic/subject.
    • Your opinion of the topic.
      • 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 .
      • For example: LAVC is a great college because of their experienced teachers, skilled tutoring offices, and welcoming academic environment.
  • 4.
    • The Thesis is the central idea of attention within an essay
    • It tells the reader what position you are supporting about the subject in the essay.
    • The thesis must always be a complete sentence that is: specific, succinct, and suggestive of the organization to be followed in the essay.
  • 5.
    • 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.
    • I am writing about ____________ , and I am going to argue, show, or prove that _________, by stating that ___________ , _____________ , and _____________.
  • 6.
            • Just as E = mc² …
    • Subject + Opinion = Thesis
  • 7.  
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  • 9.
    • 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.
    • The introduction paragraph of an essay provides the reader with a general survey of information of the subject being discussed.
  • 10.
    • 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 .
  • 11.
    • 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.
    • These body paragraphs should discuss what you have stated in your Thesis Statement using evidence to back up your claims.
  • 12.
    • After your body paragraphs , you will have a conclusion paragraph that is located at the very end of your essay.
    • 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.
  • 13.
    • 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.
  • 14.
    • 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.
  • 15.
    • 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.
  • 16.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 17.
    • Thesis statements that are too broad and general will lead to an essay that lacks focus.
    • 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.
      • EXAMPLE: “While, “Although,” “Because”:
      • “ While/Although the rise of industrialization led to the expansion of global trade relations, the conditions of working class people deteriorated because __________, _________, and _____________.
  • 18.
    • CONNECT-THE-THESIS Worksheet
    • Create your own THESIS STATEMENTS!
    • Anyone can do it!
  • 19.
    • http://www.lavc.edu/WCweb/
    • http://thewritingcenter.edulounge.net/
    • http://studenthacks.org/2007/11/06/thesis-statement/
    • http://www.csu.edu.au/division/studserv/learning/essay/structure.htm