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Thesis Statements!. A thesis is the main idea of your paper. It is contained in a thesis statement . So, just what the heck IS a thesis statement , anyway?. A thesis statement is a sentence that answers these questions for your readers:

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Thesis statements

Thesis

Statements!


Thesis statements

A thesis is the main idea of your paper.

It is contained in a thesis statement.


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So, just what the heck IS a thesis statement, anyway?


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A thesis statement is a sentence that answers these questions for your readers:

What is the subject of this essay?

What is the writer’s opinion on this subject?

What is the writer’s purpose in this essay?


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Everything you write in your paper should support your thesis!!!!


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What if I am not sure what my thesis is going to be in my early drafts?


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In your early drafts you will use a

“working thesis.”


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A working thesis is a statement of your main point in the rough draft phase.

It helps to keep you on track.


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But what happens if I change my thesis as I revise my paper?


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A working thesis may change as you revise and redraft what you write.

This is okay.

You are not locked into your original idea if you think of something better.


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Guidelines for Writing Effective Thesis

Statements


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Clearly define your opinion.

Make sure your readers know what you think.


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Have only

ONE main idea.

This is not as easy as it sounds.


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High school athletes shouldn’t have to maintain a certain grade-point average to participate in school sports, and the value of sports is often worth the lower academic average.


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Two Theses:

High school athletes shouldn’t have to maintain a certain grade-point average to participate in school sports.

The value of sports is often worth the lower academic average.


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To improve, pick one:

High school athletes shouldn’t have to maintain a certain grade-point average to participate in school sports.


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To improve, pick one:

For some students, participation in sports may be more valuable than achieving a high grade-point average.


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Say something worthwhile.


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If you write it well, any subject can be made interesting. But some subjects are more predictable and boring than others.


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Dogs have always been man’s best friends.

This essay may be full of boring clichés about dogs’ faithfulness to their masters.


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Friendship is a wonderful thing.

DUH!

Again, watch for tired old ideas that just restate the obvious.


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Food in the school cafeteria is horrible.

Although this essay can be livened up with some really, truly gross descriptions, the topic has been done to death.


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To Improve The Last 3:

PICK A DIFFERENT TOPIC


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Sometimes you are asked to write about yourself in an essay; after all, you are the world’s greatest expert on you.


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The problem with this is that not all topics you generate this way will interest others as the subject is just too personal.


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In this case you need to UNIVERSALIZE the thesis so that others can get into it.


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The four children in my family have completely different personalities.

This might be true, but would anyone outside your family and friends really care?


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Universalize the Thesis:

Birth order can influence children’s personalities in startling ways.

You can use the same examples from the last thesis, but now others are more likely to buy into it.


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I don’t like to take courses that are held in big lecture classes at this school.

Why should your readers care one way or another about your class preference?


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Universalize the Thesis:

Large lecture classes provide a poor environment for the student who learns best through interaction with both teachers and peers.


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Limit the thesis to fit the assignment.


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Nuclear power should be banned as an energy source in this country.

Can you really give the broad subject of nuclear power a fair treatment in 250 to 500 words?


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Narrowed Topic:

Because of its poor safety record during the past two years, the Collin County nuclear power plant should be closed.


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African-American artists have always contributed a lot to many kinds of American culture.


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Narrowed Topic:

Scott Joplin was a major influence in the development of the uniquely American music called ragtime.


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State the thesis in specific terms.


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The women’s movement is good for the country.


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More Specific:

The Alabama Women’s Party is working to ensure the benefits of equal pay for equal work for both males and females in our state.


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Living away from home in an apartment for the first time can teach you many things about taking care of yourself.


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More Specific:

By living in an apartment, college freshmen can learn valuable lessons in financial planning and time management.


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The thesis should be easily recognizable as the main idea.

Ideally the thesis statement should show up in the first or second paragraph.


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An expository or persuasive essay is not a story. You need the thesis up front in order to give your readers a context for the supporting details in the paper.


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