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Thesis statements

  1. 1. Thesis Statements Presented by Joe Hodali and John Henry Evans
  2. 2. Student Learning Outcomes <ul><li>Students will understand… </li></ul><ul><li>how a thesis is critical to a paper </li></ul><ul><li>what kind of thesis will best suit a paper </li></ul><ul><li>how to write a thesis </li></ul><ul><li>how to build an essay from the thesis </li></ul><ul><li>how a thesis relates to the structure of an essay </li></ul><ul><li>what a strong thesis statement looks like </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a thesis statement?
  4. 4. A thesis statement is… <ul><li>A sentence that goes at the end of your introductory paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>The reason you are writing your essay! </li></ul><ul><li>A debatable statement, typically your own opinion. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Essay man is a visual representation of the structure of an essay. Notice that the thesis is the neck, connecting the opening ideas with the proof presented in the body. Introduction Body Conclusion THESIS
  6. 6. What does a thesis statement do? <ul><li>A thesis statement… </li></ul><ul><li>provides the point you want to prove. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presents your argument in a concise form. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>gives the structure your essay will follow. </li></ul><ul><li>can provide the opposite point of view. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Are there different types of thesis statements? <ul><li>Thesis statements that depend on essay types </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative- Gives a one-sentence summary of a narrative essay. </li></ul><ul><li>Expressive- Expresses a personal feeling about the topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Informative- Gives an overview of the information in the essay. </li></ul><ul><li>Argumentative- Argues a specific, debatable point. </li></ul><ul><li>Exploratory- Makes a point, but does not argue that it is true. </li></ul>An Open Thesis does not contain the body points. i.e. Everyone should drive a hybrid car. Open vs. Complete A Complete Thesis includes the body points. i.e. Everyone should drive a hybrid car because they pollute less, they get better mileage, and they help reduce gasoline costs.
  8. 8. Your thesis is the foundation of your essay <ul><li>The entire essay attempts to prove that your thesis is correct. </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly refer back to your thesis to make sure that your essay is staying on track </li></ul><ul><li>If you used a Complete Thesis , each of your body paragraphs should cover one of the points mentioned in your thesis. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your body paragraphs should go in the same order as the points they cover were mentioned in the thesis. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What does a strong thesis statement look like? Remember that a strong thesis statement makes a definite point. That point should be your own opinion.
  10. 10. A Few Examples The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was written by Mark Twain in 1876. Some people think that The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain’s best novel. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain’s best novel. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain’s best novel because of its use of satire, imagery, and symbolism. WEAK WEAK STRONG STRONGER
  11. 11. Try it out! <ul><li>Work with your group to decide which thesis statement is the best. </li></ul>
  12. 12. How do I write a thesis statement?
  13. 13. A Simple Thesis Formula Although , because , , and . gasoline-powered cars are popular people should drive hybrid cars they cut down on pollution they will save you money on gas hybrid owners receive special tax breaks This formula is useful for the standard five-paragraph essay format. When you are arguing a large number of points, you will need to use an Open Thesis .
  14. 14. An introductory paragraph with a weak thesis Many people believe that Dominican Republic is a wonderful vacation spot. It offers great beaches with beautiful sands and lots of attractive activities for people of all ages. That’s why people from all over the world make this part of the world their favorite vacation spot. My opinion of it is not quite the same. Weak Vague
  15. 15. Try it out! <ul><li>With your group, discuss the topic you have been given. Then on your own, write a Complete Thesis based on the prompt. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Come to the workshop on run-on sentences and fragments it’s on April 26 it’s at 2:00 Come to the workshop on run-on sentences and fragments. It’s on April 26, and it’s at 2:00.