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Jan 27 (Thurs) Agenda Thesis statement 4 commandments of thesis statement Introduction Conclusion
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What is a thesis statement? Work in groups of 3 people Come up with: a definition for thesis statement At least 4 rules thesis statements should follow
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A thesis statement is the main point of an essay which explains what the essay will be about and expresses the writer's position on a subject. It is usually a single sentence. The “four commandments” for thesis statement: Thou shall choose sides Thou shall be specific Thou shall not state the obvious Thou shall focus on one main idea
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The 4 Commandments (of effective thesis statements) Created by: Jill Tschopp Huang
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I. Thou Shall Choose Sides! “He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” – Alexander Hamilton Your thesis statement should contain an assertion – your position or opinion – on the topic. No: There are both advantages and disadvantages to having technology in college classrooms. Yes: Computers in college classrooms are necessary because they engage student interest and present important information in memorable ways.
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II. Thou Shall Be Specific!
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II. Thou Shall Be Specific! Your readers are taking the time to read your paper – so tell them exactly what it’s about! If they have specific information, then they’re more likely to continue reading your paper. Avoid using words that are vague or too general, like nice, good, interesting, boring, bad, exciting , etc.
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No: Technology is necessary for learning. Yes: Computers in grade school classrooms help develop problem-solving skills in children with learning disabilities. No: College professors who use computers
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2012 for the course ESL 501 taught by Professor Spear,a during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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