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Strong Thesis Statements


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Strong Thesis Statements

  1. 1. English 112 – Second Semester Composition Course Instructor: Mr. Jeremy Miller Wytheville Community College Ramage, John D., John C. Bean, and June Johnson. The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing. 6th Ed. New York: Pearson 1
  2. 2. Overview Thesis statement location Beginnings of a thesis statement Effective thesis statement Strong thesis statements turning weak 2
  3. 3. Thesis Statement Location Introductory Paragraph Contains:  1) Brief background information  2) The problem  3) Some tension  4) New information for the audience  5) Thesis statement 3
  4. 4. Wallow in complexity Explore ideas Free-write Idea mapping Face-to-face conversations Believing and doubting game (33-34) 4
  5. 5. Surprise Readers  Fresh and new  Uncertainty, risk, or challenge  Give your thesis tension  Implies a naysayer 5
  6. 6. Changing Readers’ View Enlarge their view Add to their previous knowledge Help clarify their view Change readers’ entire view on a subject 6
  7. 7. Beginnings of a Thesis Statement Question: What effect has the cell phone had on our culture? Thesis without tension: The invention of the cell phone has brought many advantages to our culture. 7
  8. 8. Thesis Statement Idea “Many people believe X (common view), but I am going to show Y (new, surprising view).” 8
  9. 9. Effective Thesis Statement “Although the cell phone has brought many advantages to our culture, it may also have contributed to an increase in risky behavior among boaters and hikers” (39-40).
  10. 10. However… Strong thesis statements lose strength if…  Lacks supporting evidence  Paper has an announcement  “My paper is going to be about…” 10
  11. 11. Conclusion• Strong thesis statements require a struggle, a mental exercise• You can do it!• Questions? 11