Writing a Thesis Statement

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Writing a Thesis Statement

  1. 1. WRITING A THESIS STATEMENT
  2. 2. WHAT IS A THESIS STATEMENT? <ul><li>One sentence that sums up the argument of your paper. This will help your reader quickly locate your main idea, and predict what is to come in your paper. </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHY DO I NEED A THESIS STATEMENT? <ul><li>To test your ideas by expressing them in one or two sentences </li></ul><ul><li>To better organize and develop your argument </li></ul><ul><li>To give your reader a “guide to your argument” </li></ul>
  4. 4. CREATING A RESEARCH QUESTION <ul><li>Once you have selected a topic, turn it into a question that you will answer in your paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic: The benefits of using computers in a 4 th grade classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Question: What are the benefits of using computers in a 4 th grade classroom? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thesis: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The potential benefits of using computers in a 4 th grade classroom are… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using computers in a 4 th grade classroom promises to improve… </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. WHAT IS THE RECIPE FOR A STRONG THESIS STATEMENT? <ul><li>Thesis statement checklist: </li></ul><ul><li>Your thesis statement should </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take some sort of stand on the issue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show that the topic is controversial (readers will be interested to hear your side of the argument) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Express ONE main idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be SPECIFIC </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. LET’S LOOK AT SOME EXAMPLES… <ul><li>Indicate whether each thesis statement is strong or weak. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain why the strong thesis is effective (which element of our checklist does it emphasize?) </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>There are some negative and positive aspects to the Banana Herb Tea Supplement. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Because the Internet is filled with tremendous marketing potential, companies should take advantage of this potential by using Web pages that offer both advertising and customer support. </li></ul><ul><li>Companies need to take advantage of the marketing potential of the Internet, and Web pages can provide both advertising and customer support. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>World hunger has many causes and effects. </li></ul><ul><li>Hunger persists in Glandelinia because jobs are scarce and farming in the infertile soil is rarely profitable. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>My family is an extended family. </li></ul><ul><li>While most American families would view marriages between relatives as a threat to the nuclear family structure, some Iranian families, like my own, believe that these marriages help reinforce kinship ties in an extended family. </li></ul>
  11. 11. NOW LET’S GIVE IT A GO… <ul><li>In your group, develop a research question and a thesis statement that answers the question. </li></ul><ul><li>Topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School uniforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Banning cell phones in schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Block Scheduling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standardized testing (PSSAs) as a measure of student achievement </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. WORKS CITED <ul><li>http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/thesis_statement.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.universeastext.com/?p=658 </li></ul>

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