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The Thesis Statement. English III - 2013. What is a thesis statement?. It is an arguable statement. It is a complete sentence that expresses your position/opinion on a given topic. It narrows down your topic to a specific, single focus of investigation.

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The thesis statement

The Thesis Statement

English III - 2013


What is a thesis statement

What is a thesis statement?

  • It is an arguable statement.

  • It is a complete sentence that expresses your position/opinion on a given topic.

  • It narrows down your topic to a specific, single focus of investigation.

  • It establishes a direction for the entire paper.

  • It is usually stated in your introduction.


What is not a thesis statement

What is not a thesis statement?

  • A thesis is never a question; it could be the answer to a question.

  • A thesis is not an announcement of purpose.

  • A thesis is not simply a topic.

  • A thesis is not a fact.


Writing a thesis

Writing a Thesis

  • A thesis has two parts

    • Topic: the main subject to be discussed in the essay

    • Opinion: what the writer thinks about the main subject to be discussed (the topic)

      Topic: Community College Students

      Opinion: Work diligently to pass class, to transfer to universities, and to earn four-year degrees.

      Thesis: Community college students work diligently to pass class, to transfer to universities, and to earn four-year degrees.


Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement

Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement

What causes violence in children?

Poor

A thesis statement is not a question!


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Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement

The purpose of my paper is to identify the causes of violence.

Poor

A thesis is not an announcement of purpose!


Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement2

Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement

The education system in the United States.

Poor

A thesis statement is not just a topic!


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Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement

Teen pregnancy can be reduced with good education, parental support, and birth control.

Yes, a thesis statement reflects a position!


Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement4

Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement

I would like to discuss how teachers and students can develop better relationships.

Poor

A thesis is not an announcement of purpose!


Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement5

Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement

Vegetable gardening can be a frustrating hobby.

Yes, a thesis statement reflects a position!


Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement6

Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement

Honesty and trust in the classroom.

Poor

A thesis statement is not just a topic!


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Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement

Honesty and trust play an important role in successful teacher-student relationships.

Yes, a thesis statement reflects a position!


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Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement

Advertising has bad effects on all of society.

Poor

A thesis statement is not too broad!


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Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement

What can be done to reduce violence in schools? Who is to blame-- the parents, the schools, or society in general?

Poor

A thesis statement is not a question!


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Determine whether the following is a good or poor thesis statement

Toy ads on television teach children to be greedy, competitive, and snobbish.

Yes, a thesis statement reflects a position!


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