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Developing An Effective Thesis

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Developing An Effective Thesis

  1. 1. Developing an Effective Thesis<br />p. 52-55<br />
  2. 2. Thesis<br />A thesis is one or two sentences that states what your essay is about.<br />The thesis is not the same as the topic. The thesis makes a specific point. For example: <br />The current TV rating system does little to help parents make wise programming choices for their children.<br />Topic: The current TV rating system<br />Central Point: It does little to help parents decide what their kids should watch.<br />
  3. 3. Qualities of an Effective Thesis<br />1. State your topic & your central point about the topic.<br />Thesis: Many students work while attending school, but this is unhealthy.<br />Topic: Students who work<br />Central Point: It is unhealthy for students to work <br />
  4. 4. Qualities of an Effective Thesis<br />2. State your central point clearly. <br />Rather than indicate that you have a point, state it.<br />Unclear: Although there are pros and cons to the issue, I’ve decided how I feel about affirmative action.<br />Better: Although there are pros and cons to the issue, I’m convinced that affirmative action laws do more harm than good. <br />
  5. 5. Qualities of an Effective Thesis<br />3. Limit your thesis to one topic and one central point.<br />A thesis with more than one topic or point will require too long of a paper, and may cause the reader too become lost.<br />
  6. 6. Qualities of an Effective Thesis<br />4. Avoid broad statements.<br />A thesis that is too broad will yield a vague, superficial paper with no substance.<br />Too Broad: The role of women has changed in the last 60 years. <br />Better: The leadership role of women in politics has changed in the last 60 years.<br />Why: To discuss all the changes in 60 years would be too long.<br />
  7. 7. Qualities of an Effective Thesis<br />5. Express your central point in specific words.<br />You want your reader to have a clear understanding of your central point.<br />6. Avoid factual statements.<br />They leave you with nothing to say.<br />
  8. 8. Qualities of an Effective Thesis<br />7. Avoid writing a formal announcement.<br />Avoid announcements such as “This paper will show”, “As I will prove”, or “the following will explain”.<br />An announcement is considered poor style.<br />
  9. 9. Qualities of an Effective Thesis<br />8. Avoid expressions such as “In my opinion”, “I believe”, “It seems to me”, & “I think”.<br />Since you are writing the thesis, it is already clear that you are expressing what you think.<br />9. Preview the main ideas your essay.<br />Knowing your ideas in advance will help you organize your essay, achieve your writing purpose, and assist your reader.<br />
  10. 10. Review Your Thesis<br />Re-read your writing. Can you identify one, clear, specific thesis statement?<br />Ask a friend to read your essay. Afterwards, ask them to state your thesis.<br />Double-check that the body of the essay supports the stated thesis.<br />

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