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Writing a thesis statement


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Writing a thesis statement

  1. 1. Writing a Thesis Statement This project incorporates portions of copyrighted works. These items are included under the fair use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law and have been prepared according to the educational fair use guidelines. They are restricted from further use.
  2. 2. A thesis statement is a sentence which summarizes the main idea of your paper and clearly expresses what it is you are going to say about your topic.
  3. 3. “ Formula” for Thesis Statements <ul><li>Topic + your opinion + reasons = THESIS! </li></ul>Let’s see an example…
  4. 4. <ul><li>THICK question: </li></ul><ul><li>Why is a healthy diet important? </li></ul><ul><li>A healthy diet is important because it increases energy , prevents illness and promotes well-being in all people . </li></ul>Topic opinion Reason #1 Reason #2 Reason #3
  5. 5. Let’s Write a Thesis Together! <ul><li>Why was it important for NASA to go to the moon during the late 1960’s? </li></ul><ul><li>Talk it out… </li></ul><ul><li>What are the sub topics? </li></ul>
  6. 6. What are your reasons (or sub-topics)? <ul><li>Space race with the Russians </li></ul><ul><li>Human exploration of space </li></ul><ul><li>Help realize President JFK’s vision for the United States </li></ul>What might your thesis sentence look like? In the 1960s it was important for NASA to go to the moon because of the need for human exploration of space, the continuing “Space Race” with the Russians, and to realize President Kennedy’s vision for the United States.
  7. 7. And another one… How did television influence America in the 1960s? Talk it out… What are the reasons? Family life Politics Advances in technology
  8. 8. <ul><li>Thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Television in the 1960’s impacted American family life, American politics, and contributions to the advancement of technology. </li></ul>
  9. 9. It should act as mortar, holding together the various bricks of a paper, summarizing the main point of the paper &quot;in a nutshell,&quot; and pointing toward the paper's development.