How to write a useful thesis statement

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How to write a useful thesis statement

  1. 1. How to write a USEFUL thesis statement… To hang an essay on…
  2. 2. Purpose of a Thesis.• It forms the foundation for your entire essay – Everything you write in the entire essay should in some way be connected back to your thesis – A thesis statement should keep you on track• It is the main point that you are attempting to prove through the material that you write.
  3. 3. First Part: Proposition• What is your take/opinion/perspective on the topic? – After you have collected your evidence what does that evidence seem to point towards?• “To what extent…” – Agree or disagree =====how strongly
  4. 4. Example: Big Mac• Question: to what extent should we embrace the suggestion that Big Macs ought to be a part of everyone’s diet?• Thesis Statement: Proposition• “Big Macs should be incorporated into Canadians’ daily diet…
  5. 5. Second Part: Response• Once you have made the proposition stop and ask the question why• So the second part of your thesis statement is going to start with “…for; …because,”• The next part of your response is to select your key word/phrase that you will hang all your evidence on.
  6. 6. Example: Big Mac• Question: to what extent should we embrace the suggestion that Big Macs ought to be a part of everyone’s diet?• Thesis Statement: Proposition• “Big Macs should be incorporated into Canadians’ daily diet because of the nutrients it contributes to human health.”• “Big Macs should be incorporated into Canadians’ daily diet because of the unique identity this food will convey.”
  7. 7. Thesis Formula Proposition ? Because or For +Key Word/Phrase + Response
  8. 8. Strong key words• reasons, cautions, problems, issues, results, consequences, obstacles, benefits, complications, difficulties, dilemmas, interests, advantages, strengths, improvements, assets, achievements, products, outcomes, reactions, impacts, burdens, legacies, tensions, forces, victories, failures, fallacies, truths, positions, lessons, warnings, messages,

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