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Thesis Statement Basics I. What is the purpose of a thesis statement? A thesis statement informs the readers of the content, the argument, and often the direction of a paper. II. Do I need to write a thesis statement? Students should always write thesis statements in their essays. Most instructors, whether or not they state that they want a thesis statement in a paper, do appreciate having one. English instructors require thesis statements. Professional writers sometimes imply their thesis statements rather than write them but always have one in mind as they write. III. What is a thesis statement? A. A thesis statement is a declarative sentence. 1. Thesis statements are not titles or fragments. Title: My First Smoking Experience Thesis: Although all my friends thought cigarettes were stylish, I discovered that smoking is actually a disgusting habit with many health risks. Title: Finding a Solution to Campus Parking Problems Thesis: To solve the lack of parking space at Sierra College, administrators should use lottery funds to build parking lots. Fragment: That we should become more aware of our environment Thesis: We should become more aware of our environment so that we can preserve our wilderness, protect wildlife, and conserve our rapidly disappearing resources. 2. Thesis statements are not questions. Question: How could we still tolerate sexism in the military today? Thesis: Even though Americans claim to be enlightened about sexism, sexist language and behaviors still prevail in the military. Question: Why are biofeedback techniques excellent methods of stress reduction?
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Thesis: Because of its simplicity, accuracy, and lack of toxicity, biofeedback is often a successful technique for migraine relief. 3. Thesis statements are not commands. Command: Note the differences between cooks and chefs. Thesis: Although meals prepared by either cooks or chefs can be equally delicious, chefs differ from cooks in education, professional commitment, and artistry. Command: Observe what happened to me during my first white water rafting experience. Thesis: My first white water rafting experience challenged my body, my mind, and my spirit, transforming me into an adult. B. A thesis statement is an arguable idea. 1. Thesis statements are not facts. Fact: Cortez conquered Mexico in 1509. Thesis: The colonial mentality which prompted Cortez's barbaric invasion of Mexico brought about not an advance of native society but a destruction of Aztec culture. Fact: When I was six, my parents took me on a trip to Alaska where I experienced
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