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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

The

Foundation

of All Good Writing


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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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