Thesis
Statements
It is typically one sentence; however, sometimes you
may need more than one sentence.
It states the main idea or argument ...
What does a thesis
statement do?
A thesis statement…
provides the point you want to prove.
Presents your argument in a con...
Are there different types of
thesis statements?
Open vs. Closed
An Open Thesis does not contain the body points.
i.e. Ever...
Your thesis is the
foundation of your essay
The entire essay attempts to prove that your
thesis is correct.
Constantly ref...
How do I write a thesis
statement?
Just as E = mc²…
Subject + Opinion =
Thesis
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 c...
Thesis Formula
Although , ________
because _,_____________
and
_______________________.
gasoline-powered cars are popularp...
_________________________ + __________________________
Subject Opinion
because _____________________________, ____________...
Thesis Formula
Although , ________
because _____.
many people remain
skeptical
the gov’t should fund research on
bigfoot
c...
Simple or Complex?
Examples:
BASIC THESIS (just alright!): Community
colleges are an important part of California’s
educat...
Simple or Complex?
Examples:
VERY COMPLEX THESIS (perfect!!): Although
many students want to go straight from high
school ...
A Few Examples
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was written by Mark
Twain in 1876.
Some people think that The Adventures of To...
Once all necessary and relevant
background knowledge is stated, it
is typically then that a thesis
statement can be declar...
Try it!
Prompts
What do you believe are the benefits of daily exercise?
Are online courses better than traditional course? Why or ...
The Five Paragraph Essay
Although dangerous martial arts beneficial because they teach discipline, patience,
and character.
The Five Paragraph Essay
In defense of the 5 paragraph essay
Ill Effects of the Five Paragraph theme
The length of your es...
Strategies for Introductions
Controversial statement
Rhetorical Question
Story or anecdote
Startling statistic
Statement o...
Introductions
Scan some website, news sites, blogs, etc., and look
for an article with an engaging introduction.
What make...
Individual Work
Exercise:
Try it!
Group Work
Exercise:
Write the first few sentences of
an introduction using rhetorical
device(s).
Topic: What would you ch...
Where Does the THESIS
STATEMENT Go?
Strategies for Conclusion
Aristotle, in The Rhetoric, tells us a good writer
should do this in the conclusion: "make the
a...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Thesis Statements: Expanded Version

2,985 views
2,655 views

Published on

Published in: Education
1 Comment
1 Like
Statistics
Notes
  • Writing a good essay isn't easy and it's the fruit of hard work. You can get help from essay writing. Check out, please DigitalEssay.net
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
No Downloads
Views
Total views
2,985
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
1,907
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
7
Comments
1
Likes
1
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Thesis Statements: Expanded Version

  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. Try it!
  17. 17. 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?
  18. 18. The Five Paragraph Essay Although dangerous martial arts beneficial because they teach discipline, patience, and character.
  19. 19. The Five Paragraph Essay In defense of the 5 paragraph essay Ill Effects of the Five Paragraph theme The length of your essay—the number of paragraphs, the sentences in each paragraph, etc—depends on the audience. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that essays should only be five paragraphs long. Even if you list three points in your thesis, you may need 20 paragraphs to explain those three points.
  20. 20. Strategies for Introductions Controversial statement Rhetorical Question Story or anecdote Startling statistic Statement of popular opinion that is contradicted or shown to be untrue Comparison or analogy Rhetorical Devices: poetic, repetition, anticipation, emphasis
  21. 21. Introductions Scan some website, news sites, blogs, etc., and look for an article with an engaging introduction. What makes it engaging? Why do you want to read it?
  22. 22. Individual Work Exercise: Try it!
  23. 23. Group Work Exercise: Write the first few sentences of an introduction using rhetorical device(s). Topic: What would you change about Valley College?
  24. 24. Where Does the THESIS STATEMENT Go?
  25. 25. Strategies for Conclusion Aristotle, in The Rhetoric, tells us a good writer should do this in the conclusion: "make the audience well-disposed towards ourselves and ill- disposed to our opponent." Go beyond restating and/or summarizing. One way to achieve this is to explain the benefits if the audience accepts our view. It's a good opportunity to make inferences or predictions. Ask the audience to consider what would happen if they don’t accept our point of view. Make a connection to society in general, the bigger picture, the human condition.

×