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  1. 1. Identify & write athesis statementHery Yanto TheWiziq online classEnglish 3.0 series, spring 2012February 3, 20121/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 1 WizIQ Public Class
  2. 2. What is a thesis statement?• A sentence uses to introduce the focus of writing.• This sentence tells readers what they will found in writing if they continue read it.• It is a road map for readers to follow the writer story, argument, interpretation, or description.• Some writings have implied thesis statements, especially narrative writings.1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 2 WizIQ Public Class
  3. 3. Examples• An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds.• The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers.1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 3 WizIQ Public Class
  4. 4. Examples (Continue)• High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/545/1/1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 4 WizIQ Public Class
  5. 5. How can I identify a thesis statementform a writing?• It is usually a single sentence somewhere in the first paragraph. [essay, short report, newspaper article, student’s paper]• It is usually a single sentence somewhere in the last paragraph of the introduction section. [journal article, book, research report]1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 5 WizIQ Public Class
  6. 6. How can I identify a thesis statementform a writing? (continue) Attention!• Some writings do not have explicit thesis statement.• Some writings used more than one sentence to propose thesis statement.1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 6 WizIQ Public Class
  7. 7. Practice #1.1: Identify the thesis statementMath and science strategies for English LanguageLearner (ELL) students with disabilities include learningcenters, instructional games, and techniques to developconversational language, academiclanguage, scaffolding, concrete materials, and visuallearning. Teachers can use these techniques to providebest practices in math and science instruction integratedwith modifications for teaching ELL students withdisabilities.[Johnson & Showalter. (2012). Math & Science Strategiesfor ELL with Disabilities, HIEC 2012 proceedings]1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 7 WizIQ Public Class
  8. 8. Practice #1.2: Identify the thesis statement• Our plane touched down on the tarmac in Juliaca, Peru. At 13,000 feet elevation, this is one of the world’s highest airports. The DC-3 was unpressurized and we sucked on oxygen tubes as the flight took us onto the altiplano. I was in the first group of Peace Corps volunteers sent to this remote region in the southern Peruvian highlands. [Anthropology News, December 2011, p.4]1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 8 WizIQ Public Class
  9. 9. Practice #1.3: Identify the thesis statement(1st paragraph) The lives of Indonesian Chinesecommunities before the Reformation, the era ofdemocratic government, was not as good as today. …(2nd paragraph) In fact, the assimilation policy did notsuccessfully eliminate Chinese culture from Indonesia.This article will analysis three important questionsrelated with the unsuccessful of assimilation policy.Those questions are: 1) … 2) … and 3) …[The. (2009). Indonesian Chinese & AssimilationPolicy, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa]1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 9 WizIQ Public Class
  10. 10. What is a good thesis statement?• Specific: propose dominant idea, explanation, evaluation, or recommendation used to impress readers• Purposeful: provide question and answer• Guiding: use as a road map to navigate readers to understand the purpose• Tentative: open to change during the writing process1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 10 WizIQ Public Class
  11. 11. What is a good thesis statement? (continue)• Takes some sort of stand Weak: There are some negative and positive aspects to the Banana Herb Tea Supplement. Good: Because Banana Herb Tea Supplement promotes rapid weight loss that results in the loss of muscle and lean body mass, it poses a potential danger to customers. http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/thesis_statement.shtml1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 11 WizIQ Public Class
  12. 12. What is a good thesis statement? (continue)• Justifies discussion Weak: My family is an extended family. Good: While most American families would view consanguineal marriage as a threat to the nuclear family structure, many Iranian families, like my own, believe that these marriages help reinforce kinship ties in an extended family. http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/thesis_statement.shtml1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 12 WizIQ Public Class
  13. 13. What is a good thesis statement? (continue)• Expresses one main idea Weak: Companies need to exploit the marketing potential of the Internet, and Web pages can provide both advertising and customer support. Good: Because the Internet is filled with tremendous marketing potential, companies should exploit this potential by using Web pages that offer both advertising and customer support http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/thesis_statement.shtml1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 13 WizIQ Public Class
  14. 14. What is a good thesis statement? (continue)• Specific Weak: World hunger has many causes and effects. Good: Hunger persists in Glandelinia because jobs are scarce and farming in the infertile soil is rarely profitable. http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/thesis_statement.shtml1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 14 WizIQ Public Class
  15. 15. Practice #2Which one is weak and which one is good?• The North and South fought the Civil War for many reasons, some of which were the same and some different.• While both Northerners and Southerners believed they fought against tyranny and oppression, Northerners focused on the oppression of slaves while Southerners defended their own right to self-government. http://writingcenter.unc.edu/resources/handouts-demos/writing-the-paper/thesis- statements1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 15 WizIQ Public Class
  16. 16. Practice #2 (Continue) Which one is weak and which one is good? • In Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain develops a contrast between life on the river and life on the shore. • Through its contrasting river and shore scenes, Twains Huckleberry Finn suggests that to find the true expression of American democratic ideals, one must leave "civilized" society and go back to nature.http://writingcenter.unc.edu/resources/handouts-demos/writing- the-paper/thesis-statements 1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 16 WizIQ Public Class
  17. 17. Topic, Purpose, & Thesis Reid (2003, p. 23) The Prentice Hall Guide for College WritingNo Topic Purpose Thesis1 Childhood To express your The relentless competition experiences feelings and explain between my sisters and me how one childhood distorted my easygoing experience was personality important2 Heart disease To inform readers about Type A personalities do not relationships between necessarily have an Type A personalities abnormally high risk of and heart attacks suffering heart attacks3 The death To persuade readers Despite our belief that killing is penalty that death penalty wrong, a state-administrated should be used death penalty is fair, just, and humane1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 17 WizIQ Public Class
  18. 18. Practice #3 Use the thesis statement for improving your reading skill• The main purpose of reading: constructing meaning from a text• Prior knowledge + Expectation + Meaning making (synthesize)• Identify a text thesis statement and question your self: – What main idea and purpose support the thesis? – Do you agree or disagree with the idea? – Based on what you know, does the thesis statement rational or not?1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 18 WizIQ Public Class
  19. 19. Write a thesis statement • Indicate the topic • Indicate the point to writeTopic Point to writeChinese’s dim sum has varieties of breakfast meals torestaurant choose with low pricesMany people in India because they do not have a Britishfailed to get a job in the or American accentcall centerJapan business system Is highly influenced by the culture 1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 19 WizIQ Public Class
  20. 20. Practice #4• Complete these thesis statements! – The most important day in my life is … – Some regulation of the Internet used is necessary … – High school graduates should have additional skill beside content knowledge …• Write a thesis statement for your own writing!1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 20 WizIQ Public Class
  21. 21. Conclusion• Determine the topic and the purpose• Based on the topic, indicate the point to write• Specific, purposeful, guiding, tentative• Improve writing skill• Review – Read – Identify – Practice1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 21 WizIQ Public Class
  22. 22. I love to hear from you • Write on my WizIQ comment box • Send me an email. • Join and participate in the FWF• Is this course help you to improve your writing skill and self confidence to write in English? • What do you expect to learn later from this course? • What do you want me to improve from this course? •1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 22 WizIQ Public Class
  23. 23. Thank You English 3.0 Project Hery Yanto The http://www.wiziq.com/uhmherythe herythe@hotmail.co.uk http://freewriting.ning.com1/31/2012 English 3.0 Series @ Hery The 23 WizIQ Public Class

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