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  1. 1. Thesis statement 2.notebook February 18, 2014 2/18/14 8th Grade Language Arts Assignments • Thesis Statements (W) Agenda: • Spelling Post Test (F) 1. Independent Reading • Vocab Unit 11 (F) 2. Spelling Pretest 3. Thesis Statements 1
  2. 2. Thesis statement 2.notebook February 18, 2014 What is a thesis statement? Next A thesis statement... is the heart of your paper. Without it, your piece will not survive. lets the reader know what your paper will be about. is like a giant umbrella. Everything in your paper should fit underneath it (be related). lets the reader know what position you're taking (persuasive essay). 2
  3. 3. Thesis statement 2.notebook February 18, 2014 What is a thesis statement? Next A thesis statement should tell the reader two things: Thesis Statement Topic Position There are several reasons why our school should have vending machines. Pull T: Ve Pull T: De Even though murder is a heinous crime, the death penalty is not the answer. 3
  4. 4. Thesis statement 2.notebook February 18, 2014 A Thesis Statement is Not: • A promise or a statement of purpose • A question • Just a topic sentence • A Few words about the topic with no complete thought 4
  5. 5. Thesis statement 2.notebook February 18, 2014 Draw a diagram to illustrate how your thesis statement fits into your report Body Paragraph 2 Details Thesis Statement Body Paragraph 4 Details Body Paragraph 1 Details Body Paragraph 3 Details 5
  6. 6. Thesis statement 2.notebook What is a thesis statement? February 18, 2014 Agenda With your partner, determine which of the following are thesis statements. 1. There are many reasons why I should have a cell phone. 2. I could pay for it myself. 3. In order to decrease fatigue during instruction, we should have shorter class period. 4. It is imperative that we have vending machines in school. 5. They could have healthy snacks only. 6
  7. 7. Thesis statement 2.notebook February 18, 2014 Number Statements Next Number statements can be short or long; in fact, they can be any grammatical structure you need or want. A Number statement is a sentence that contains a number word. (two, three, four, several, many, some, a few, numerous, a couple of, a number of, a myriad, various, plenty…) There are many reasons why every teenager should have a cell phone. # Voting for John Doe will benefit you in four different ways. # Uniforms in school are a must for several reasons. # 7
  8. 8. Thesis statement 2.notebook DC, IC Statements February 18, 2014 Examples Agenda A DC,IC statement is a complex sentence that begins with one of these dependent words. If Even though Until After Although Where Since Unless Though Before While Even if So that When Because Whenever Even Wherever As long as As if As soon as As Whether 8
  9. 9. Thesis statement 2.notebook February 18, 2014 DC, IC Examples If you are looking for an excellent school year, vote John Smith for class president. Even though murder is a heinous, inexcusable crime, capital punishment is not the answer. For my birthday, you should consider buying me a cell phone. 9
  10. 10. Thesis statement 2.notebook February 18, 2014 Are these Poor thesis statements or good thesis statements? 1.  It seems to me that probably one of the seriously important decisions almost all teenagers  face today is deciding what jobs they might have someme in the future. 2. The most important dilemma today’s teenager face is making informed career decisions:   choosing a type of work that will sustain them and preparing adequately for that career. 3. In this community crime is problem that people can work together to overcome. 4. Crime Watch, a community based resident patrol is a praccal, effecve way for cizens of all  ages to cooperate in protecng themselves and their community from crime. 5. Dogs can be trained to help disabled people. 10
  11. 11. Thesis statement 2.notebook February 18, 2014 Are these Poor thesis statements or good thesis statements? 6.  For thousands of disabled Americans, “service dogs” improve the emoonal, social, and  economic quality of life. 7.  How can high school students start a school radio staon. 8.  With as lile as $500, high school students can create and staff a “drive‐by” radio staon,  benefing both the students and the school in significant ways. 11
  12. 12. Thesis statement 2.notebook February 18, 2014 12