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The Thesis <ul><li>Seriously, this is the most important part of the paper! </li></ul>
Determine what type of paper you are writing <ul><li>We are writing an  analytical paper .  </li></ul><ul><li>An analytica...
Our objective in plain English: <ul><li>Today you will take a look at Thomas Jefferson.  </li></ul><ul><li>Break down his ...
Specify <ul><li>Your thesis statement needs to be specific! </li></ul><ul><li>It should cover ONLY what you will discuss i...
Placing the thesis <ul><li>Your thesis statement must go at the end of the first paragraph (the introduction). </li></ul><...
Example thesis: <ul><li>Through his utilization of parallelism, allusion, and diction, Thomas Jefferson expressed his beli...
What did Michelle do with her thesis? <ul><li>She stated what Thomas Jefferson attempted to do:  Thomas Jefferson expresse...
Why care about a thesis? <ul><li>Your thesis is the most important part of your paper.  </li></ul><ul><li>It defines what ...
The next steps after you have created your thesis <ul><li>Make an outline.  This is simple to do with a thesis.  Your thre...
Let’s practice <ul><li>Within your groups, please split up into partners. </li></ul><ul><li>Interview/talk to your partner...
The Basic Example <ul><li>Mrs. Fisher contends hip-hop is the best genre of music, because it is easy to dance to, it’s th...
Your turn! <ul><li>If you are having troubles understanding a thesis, just follow this model: </li></ul><ul><li>State what...
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Eng11.Thesis

  1. 1. The Thesis <ul><li>Seriously, this is the most important part of the paper! </li></ul>
  2. 2. Determine what type of paper you are writing <ul><li>We are writing an analytical paper . </li></ul><ul><li>An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into it’s component parts, evaluations the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Our objective in plain English: <ul><li>Today you will take a look at Thomas Jefferson. </li></ul><ul><li>Break down his idea(s) on freedom into three sections. </li></ul><ul><li>Find a unifying theme aka something that makes them connect to one another. </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Specify <ul><li>Your thesis statement needs to be specific! </li></ul><ul><li>It should cover ONLY what you will discuss in the paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Support it with specific evidence. This means, you need to find examples from your reading. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Placing the thesis <ul><li>Your thesis statement must go at the end of the first paragraph (the introduction). </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to revise your thesis. It may change as you write your essay. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Example thesis: <ul><li>Through his utilization of parallelism, allusion, and diction, Thomas Jefferson expressed his beliefs of freedom and dissent the King of England. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What did Michelle do with her thesis? <ul><li>She stated what Thomas Jefferson attempted to do: Thomas Jefferson expressed his beliefs of freedom and dissent the King of England . </li></ul><ul><li>She also came up with a plan of attack. Some people call this a map. Creating a PAO or a map requires you to have 3 points that explain how/what you are expressing in your thesis. </li></ul><ul><li>She provided three ways that TJ expressed his beliefs: Through his utilization of parallelism , allusion , and diction , </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why care about a thesis? <ul><li>Your thesis is the most important part of your paper. </li></ul><ul><li>It defines what you will write. </li></ul><ul><li>It also helps with organization. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The next steps after you have created your thesis <ul><li>Make an outline. This is simple to do with a thesis. Your three main body paragraphs will cover the three points you listed in your POA/Map. </li></ul><ul><li>We will explore this during out next writing lesson. For now.... </li></ul>
  10. 10. Let’s practice <ul><li>Within your groups, please split up into partners. </li></ul><ul><li>Interview/talk to your partner about your favorite style of music. </li></ul><ul><li>After talking for two minutes (one minute per person), please proceed to write a thesis statement, explaining their thoughts on their favorite kind of music. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Basic Example <ul><li>Mrs. Fisher contends hip-hop is the best genre of music, because it is easy to dance to, it’s the best type of music for the gym, and hip-hop is constantly re-inventing itself. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Your turn! <ul><li>If you are having troubles understanding a thesis, just follow this model: </li></ul><ul><li>State what it is you want to say </li></ul><ul><li>then state three points that support it. </li></ul>

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