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Unformatted text preview: Your Thesis Statement: The Only Sentence Worth More Than A Thousand Words Thesis Statements Are Not As Hard As You May Think… First, let’s look at what a Thesis Statement is NOT! is What a Thesis Statement is Not: Your Thesis Statement is NOT Your Your Topic! Your Your topic tells your reader what you are talking about. For Example: I will talk about Elie Wiesel’s characters in Night. This is not a thesis. It is only a Topic. only What a Thesis Statement is Not: Your Thesis Statement is NOT Your Your Topic! Your Your thesis tells your reader your position on your topic. For Example: Elie Wiesel keenly contrasts the characters in Night to their setting to point out humanity’s ability to hate. This is a successful thesis statement. statement. What a Thesis Statement is Not: Your Thesis Statement is NOT A Fact NOT Fact About Your Topic! About Surprisingly, your thesis should be an arguable OPINION - NOT A FACT! WHY? Because that is what makes Your Thesis Your your paper interesting to Should Take A your reader! STAND! STAND! Your thesis should always be a statement that demands PROOF! If not, what will you do What a Thesis Statement is Not: You Thesis Statement is NOT A Fact You NOT Fact About of your A the rest You spend bout Your Topic! paper CONVINCING your reader of why YOUR OPINION is TRUE! Your Thesis Your Your thesis prepares your Should Take A reader for the facts that will STAND! STAND! prove your opinion about your topic to be true-it can not be a fact itself. What a Thesis Statement is Not: You Thesis Statement is NOT A Fact You NOT Fact About Your Topic! About Let’s Look At An Example That is a f act, not a strong t hesis! Now, t hat is a strong t hesis! What a Thesis Statement is… I t is the sentence that answers your By tellingeader’s biggest question: the first r your reader your point in paragraph, you set the tone and make sure they are not frustrated and confused for the rest of your essay. What a Thesis Statement is… Which of the following is TRUE about your THESIS STATEMENT? It Tells your Reader Your Topic It Tells the Reader a Fact About Your Topic It Tells the reader your Point What a Thesis Statement is… Now That You Know What A Thesis Statement Is, Let’s Look At What Makes A Strong Thesis Statement. Requirements For a Strong Thesis: There Are Three (3) There Requirements For 1.AIStrong Thesis t It should not be TOO BROAD! TOO Statement. Statement. 2. It should not be It TOO NARROW! TOO 3. It should not be It TOO VAGUE! TOO L et’s look at each Let’s of these requirements a bit closer… closer… Requirements For a Strong Thesis: A Strong Thesis Should Not Strong Be Too Broad! 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Requirements For a Strong Thesis: A Strong Thesis Should Not Strong To To Let’s Look At An Example Fix I t Be Vague The word Be to get If the United States were Getting rid of Definetheterm“horrible welfare H ORRI BLE rid of hard to it wouldthe United States is r. ide for your re a” ade i s welfare, in aggravate the anefine! I t severe homeless d already a horrible Outliningssaymajor points idea. would also of your e makes this problem, cause a rise in crime, and t hesis remove the only safety net that our country has in place. Too VAGU E! Too he lp. Where To Start Start Off With Your Topic! Usually, your teacher will provide Usually, your topic: – It may be a general topic such as family. – Or something more specific like: • The role that biological age played in Romeo and Juliet or • The role of symbolism in Night. Where To Start Before trying to decide on a thesis, gather all of the information available on your topic! on Why? 1. How can you have an educated opinion about something that you know little about? o The more that you know about your topic, the easier it will be to form a provable opinion (thesis) about it. Where To Start 1. It is easier to write a thesis statement that explains what you have found in your research, than to find research that explains what you have written in your thesis! 1. You want the opinion that your thesis states to be provable by facts that you have gathered. If you gather the facts first, you KNOW that it can be proven! Where To Start REMEMBER: Your Thesis and Your Topic are NOT the same. You must choose your topic before beginning your research. Where To Start Once you have gathered your Once information, Ask Yourself a Few Questions: What would Few has my research What What will be the point of my paper? shown me about my t opic? What is the most i mportant t hought that I have about my t opic? my reader want to know about my t opic? Before You Write Your Thesis… First Write A WORKING THESIS THESIS A Working Thesis A Working Thesis is Made Up of Two Working Parts: Parts: AND For Example: Family may mean different things to different people, but it is an important part of every culture. Refining Your Working Thesis To turn your Working Thesis into a Final To Thesis Statement, compare it to the requirements for a strong thesis statement: requirements 1. Is it TOO BROAD? 1. Is it TOO NARROW? 1. This Working Thesis needs to be made more This 2. Is it specific. TOO VAGUE? I t is too BROAD! Family may mean different things to different people, but it is an important part of every culture. Refining Your Working Thesis Family may mean different things to different people, but it is an important part of every culture. Possible Revisions Possible To Make The Broad Statement More Specific: To A. As in many countries, family has a huge impact on American culture. • This is more narrow because we have reduced it to one specific culture. B. The strength of the family unit impacts each individual regardless of their society. • This is more narrow because family is reduced to the family’s strength and society is reduced to the individual. This can be more easily proven in a high school essay. So…How Do You Write A Thesis Statement? 1. Start off with your TOPIC! 2. Before trying to decide on a Before thesis, gather all of the information available on your topic! topic! So…How Do You Write A Thesis Statement? 1. Once you have gathered your Once information, Ask Yourself a Few Questions: Questions: 1. What is the most important thought What that I have about my topic? 2. What has my research shown me 2. What about my topic? about 3. What would my reader want to What know about my topic? 4. What will be the POINT of my 4. What paper? paper? So…How Do You Write A Thesis Statement? 1. Use your answers to write a Use Working Thesis. Working 2. Turn your Working Thesis Turn into a Final Thesis Statement by comparing it to the requirements for a strong thesis statement: thesis Is it too broad? Is it too Is narrow? Is it too vague? vague? ...
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2011 for the course ENGL 1010 taught by Professor Mixalot. during the Spring '09 term at East Central Community College.

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