FMS357thesis-statements

FMS357thesis-statements - Q: A: A: What are the potential...

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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 . . . The answer to the question is the thesis statement for the essay. How to Develop a Thesis Statement if the Topic is not Assigned Even if your assignment doesn't ask a specific question, your thesis statement still needs to answer a question about the issue you’d like to explore. In this situation, your job is to figure out what question you'd like to write about. A good thesis statement will usually include the following four attributes: take on a subject on 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 Let's see how to generate a thesis statement for a social policy paper. Brainstorm the topic. Let’s say that your class focuses upon the problems posed by changes in the dietary habits of Americans. You find that you are interested in the amount of sugar Americans consume. You start out with a thesis statement like this: Sugar consumption. This fragment isn't a thesis statement. Instead, it simply indicates a general subject. Furthermore, your reader doesn't know what you want to say about sugar consumption. Narrow the topic . Your readings on the topic, however, have led you to the conclusion that elementary school children are consuming far more sugar than is healthy. You change your thesis statement to look like this: Reducing sugar consumption by elementary school children. This fragment not only announces your subject, but it focuses on one segment of the population: elementary school children. Furthermore, it raises a subject upon which reasonable people could disagree, because while most people might agree that children consume more sugar than they used to, not everyone would agree on what should be done or who should do it. You should note that this fragment is not a thesis statement because your reader doesn't know your conclusions on the topic. Take a position on the topic
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2011 for the course FMS 357 taught by Professor Manning during the Fall '10 term at ASU.

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