Thesis help - JRoman English I Hon/IB What is a thesis...

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JRoman English I Hon/IB How to Write a Thesis Statement What is a thesis statement? The thesis is a one or two sentence condensation of the argument or analysis that is to follow that clearly and concisely indicates the subject of your paper, the main points you will discuss and the order in which you will discuss them. The thesis can be the answer to the question your paper explores. A thesis statement is: -What you will prove -The argument -The scope -The main idea -The purpose of the paper Why should your essay contain a thesis statement? -To test your ideas by distilling them into a sentence or two -To better organize and develop your argument -To provide your reader with a “guide” to your argument Generate a thesis statement when the topic is assigned Most assignments can be reduced to a single question. A first step, then, is to distill the assignment into a specific question. For example, if your assignment is “write a report to the local school board explaining the potential benefits of using computers in a fourth grade class,” turn the request into a question like “What are the potential benefits of using computers in a fourth grade class?” After you have chosen the question your essay will answer, compose one or two sentences that answer that question. The answer to the question is the thesis statement for the essay. Q. “What are the potential benefits of using computers in a fourth grade class?” A. “The potential benefits of using computers in a fourth grade class are….” OR A. “Using computers in a fourth grade class promises to improve….”. Generate a thesis statement when the topic is not assigned When your assignment does not ask a specific question, your thesis statement still needs to answer a question about the issue you intend to explore. You need to figure out what question you intend to write about. A good thesis statement will likely include the following: Take on a subject upon which reasonable people could disagree Deal with a subject that can be adequately treated given the nature of the assignment Express one main idea Assert your conclusions about a subject
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JRoman English I Hon/IB How to Write a Thesis Statement For example, generate a thesis statement for a paper on social policy: Brainstorm the topic: If the class is considering the problems of drug addiction, you might focus on the problems of crack babies – babies born to mothers addicted to crack cocaine. Begin with statement like:
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