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- 1. Prof. Bouchard ENGL 1301
- 2. Introductions to Thesis Statements After you have brainstormed and you have some main ideas of what you would like to write in your essay, you can begin thinking about writing a thesis statement.
- 3. Definition A thesis statement is a complete sentence that contains one main idea. This idea controls the content of the entire essay. A thesis statement that contains subpoints also helps a reader know how the essay will be organized. Look at the introductory paragraph below. See if you can identify the thesis statement and subpoints.
- 4. Key Facts About Thesis Statements Is usually at the end of your introduction paragraph. States an opinion or attitude on a topic. It doesn’t just state the topic, itself. States the main idea of the essay in a complete sentence, not in a question. Often lists subpoints.
- 5. States an Opinion or Attitude Example: I learned to play many musical instruments when I was young This would not be considered a good thesis statement because it is only expressing a fact. It doesn’t give the writer’s opinion or attitude on playing musical instruments. This thesis statement doesn’t give the writer very much to explain or prove in his/her essay.
- 6. Another example: Learning to play many musical instruments when I was young helped me to become a more intelligent and well- rounded person This thesis statement is much better because it expresses how the writer feels about the experience of learning to play musical instruments. This thesis statement requires the writer to explain how and why playing a musical instrument made him/her a better person.
- 7. The “So What” The lifestyle of a teenager in the Middle Ages was very different from the lifestyle of most modern American teenagers. So what? A better version of this statement might be: Because of the relative freedom enjoyed by young people today, the lifestyle of modern American teenagers is very different from the lifestyle of teens in the Middle Ages. (this at least says why the difference exists) A young person in the Middle Ages had very different expectations about marriage, family, and personal freedom than do young adults today. (this version of the statement emphasizes the Medieval, not modern, teenager, but it still does not present an argument to be defended)
- 8. Continue: This revision of the statement above does present a point "worth making," a point one could contest or support with data: A young person in the Middle Ages had fewer options for marriage, family, and personal privacy and freedom than do young adults today. An even more detailed version of this thesis could "map" the paper for a reader: Young people in the Middle Ages, who were considered young but responsible adults by the age of sixteen, had fewer social choices when compared to modern American teenagers. Unless they followed a religious calling, medieval teenagers had to contend with an arranged marriage and bearing children while living without what we would consider personal privacy or freedom.
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The Thesis Statement.
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Part I: The Thesis Statement Part II: Nuts and Bolts
Argumentative Thesis Statements For use with Stepping Stone Argumentative Research Project.
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Developing Your Thesis Statement
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(Or as I like to say, “What’s your point?”)
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A thesis statement is the main idea of an essay. A thesis statement is usually one sentence. It is often placed in the introductory paragraph.
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4. Let's start • A Thesis statement is one or two sentences within an introduction that states your central argument. Remember there are two
2. A thesis statement is a sentence that tells readers the main points your paper covers and in what order they appear. It is your entire paper
Usually, it is on. STATING YOUR THESIS - CLEARLY State your thesis as clearly as possible and as specific as. STATING YOUR THESIS - AVOID “SIMPLICITY” Examples
A thesis is a specific sentence in an essay (. Tips for writing your thesis: 1. Determine what kind of paper you are being. Tips (continued):
This idea. Key Facts About Thesis Statements Is usually at the end of your introduction paragraph. States an Opinion or Attitude Example:
What is a thesis statement? It is an arguable statement. It is a complete sentence that expresses your position/opinion on a given topic.