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Thesis Statements. The Foundation of All Good Writing. Thesis Statement. The thesis statement sums up the entire essay in one complete sentence. If it is not a complete sentence, it’s not a thesis statement. Formula for a thesis statement: Topic + main point about topic.

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thesis statements

Thesis Statements

The

Foundation

of All Good Writing

thesis statement
Thesis Statement
  • The thesis statement sums up the entire essay in one complete sentence.
  • If it is not a complete sentence, it’s not a thesis statement.
  • Formula for a thesis statement:
      • Topic + main point about topic
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Thesis Statement

TOPIC

Your position on topic

+

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Not correct!

Thesis Statement?
  • My work history.

Position on topic missing

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topic

Correct!!

Main point about topic

Thesis Statement?
  • My work history has been one of continual growth and learning.
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Not correct!

Thesis Statement?
  • How can I describe my work history?

Question:

Position on topic missing

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topic

Correct!!

Main point about topic

Thesis Statement?
  • My work history has been a journey filled with unexpected detours, all leading me to where I am meant to be.
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Not correct!

Thesis Statement?
  • This essay will be about my work history.

Announcement:

Position on topic missing

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topic

Correct!!

Main point about topic

Thesis Statement?
  • My work historyshows that I am doing what I was meant to do: helping others as others have helped me.
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Thesis Statement
  • Thesis Statement Formula
      • Topic + Position on topic = Thesis Statement
  • A topic alone is not enough!
  • Announcing your topic in sentence form is not enough!
  • Stating your topic in question form is not enough!
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Thesis Statement

A strong thesis statement

  • Is specific, not generic: fits only your essay
  • Helps the writer by providing a clear focal point around which to organize the rest of the essay
  • Helps the reader by showing the main point that your essay will explain or prove
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Thesis Statement
  • Should be clear in the opening paragraph(s)
  • Should be reinforced in the closing paragraph(s)
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