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A sentence that goes at the end of your introductory paragraph.
The reason you are writing your essay!
A debatable statement, typically your own opinion.
Essay man is a visual representation of the structure of an essay. Notice that the thesis is the neck, connecting the opening ideas with the proof presented in the body. Introduction Body Conclusion THESIS
Are there different types of thesis statements?
Thesis statements that depend on essay types
Narrative- Gives a one-sentence summary of a narrative essay.
Expressive- Expresses a personal feeling about the topic.
Informative- Gives an overview of the information in the essay.
Argumentative- Argues a specific, debatable point.
Exploratory- Makes a point, but does not argue that it is true.
An Open Thesis does not contain the body points. i.e. Everyone should drive a hybrid car. Open vs. Complete A Complete 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.
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 Complete Thesis , each of 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.
What does a strong thesis statement look like? Remember that a strong thesis statement makes a definite point. That point should be your own opinion.
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. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain’s best novel because of its use of satire, imagery, and symbolism. WEAK WEAK STRONG STRONGER
A Simple Thesis Formula Although , because , , and . gasoline-powered cars are popular people should drive hybrid cars they cut down on pollution they will save you money on gas hybrid owners receive special tax breaks This formula is useful for the standard five-paragraph essay format. When you are arguing a large number of points, you will need to use an Open Thesis .
An introductory paragraph with a weak thesis Many people believe that Dominican Republic is a wonderful vacation spot. It offers great beaches with beautiful sands and lots of attractive activities for people of all ages. That’s why people from all over the world make this part of the world their favorite vacation spot. My opinion of it is not quite the same. Weak Vague