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Thesis Statements. H. Fleming. English IV. What is a thesis statement?. The “hardest working” sentence in essays. Identifies the focus of your essay. Function or Purpose: prepares your audience to think about what you plan to fully discuss or prove OVERALL.

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Thesis statements

Thesis Statements

H. Fleming

English IV


What is a thesis statement

What is a thesis statement?

  • The “hardest working” sentence in essays.

  • Identifies the focus of your essay.

    Function or Purpose: prepares your audience to think about what you plan to fully discuss or prove OVERALL.


Where is the thesis statement located

Where is the thesis statement located?

Your thesis statement should almost always be the last sentence of your introductory (first) paragraph.


Characteristics of a good thesis

Characteristics of a good thesis

A good thesis:

  • is a complete sentence

  • is a statement rather than an announcement

  • specific

  • takes a position

  • is written in third person


A complete sentence

A Complete sentence

NO

Fragment

  • Beowulf, who was a warrior of great reknown.

    Question

  • Is Beowulf a true hero?

YES

Complete SentenceBecause of his willingness to aid others in the time of need, Beowulf defines what it means to be a true hero.

Beowulf is a poor example of true heroism because he did not use good judgment.


A statement rather than an announcement

A statement rather than an announcement

NO

YES

In my essay, I will discuss whether Beowulf is a true hero.

The subject of my paper is Beowulf’s heroism.

In Seamus Heaney’s translation of the epic poem Beowulf, the main character defines what it means to be a true hero through his willingness to aid others in their time of need.


Specific statements

Specific Statements

Not Too Broad

Not Too Narrow

Beowulf is a book about being heroic.

In the epic poem Beowulf, the main character defeats Grendel through his strength.


Takes a position

Takes a position

X There are many reasons why Beowulf is a hero.

  • Because of his willingness to aid others in the time of need, Beowulf defines what it means to be a true hero.


Forming your thesis statement two formulas

Forming your thesis statement: Two Formulas

Formula 1:

A specific topic

+ a particular feeling, feature, or stand

__________________

= an effective thesis statement

Formula 2:

3 parts:

A specific topic

Attitude or opinion

How or why factor

__________________

= an effective thesis statement


Examples

Examples:

Formula 1: Writing to inform

Formula 2: Writing an argument

Assignment: Essay about opportunities in education

Specific topic: High school internships

Thesis Statement: Internship programs(specific topic) give students real-world experiences (particular feature).

Assignment: Essay about opportunities in education

Specific topic: High school internships

Thesis Statement: Internship programs (specific topic) benefit most students(attitude or opinion) because of students’ ability to learn through hands-on training (how or why factor).


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