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How to compose a thesis. By Mrs. Whiteford. What is a thesis?. “A thesis statement is a sentence that explicitly identifies the purpose of the paper or previews its main ideas.”. A thesis is:. An affirmation- not an observation Fact or observation: People use many lawn chemicals.

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How to compose a thesis

How to compose a thesis

By Mrs. Whiteford


What is a thesis
What is a thesis?

  • “A thesis statement is a sentence that explicitly identifies the purpose of the paper or previews its main ideas.”


A thesis is
A thesis is:

  • An affirmation- not an observation

  • Fact or observation: People use many lawn chemicals.

  • Thesis: People are poisoning the environment with chemicals merely to keep their lawns clean.


A thesis
A thesis…

  • Takes a position, it is not an announcement

  • Announcement:The thesis of this paper is the difficulty of solving our environmental problems.

  • Thesis: Solving our environmental problems is more difficult than many environmentalists believe.


A thesis is1
A thesis is…

  • The Main Idea (not the title)

  • Title:Social Security and Old Age.

  • Thesis:Continuing changes in the Social Security System makes it almost impossible to plan intelligently for one's retirement.


A thesis is specific
A thesis is specific…

  • Vague:Hemingway's war stories are very good.

  • Specific:Hemingway's stories helped create a new prose style by employing extensive dialogue, shorter sentences, and strong Anglo-Saxon words.


A thesis has

A thesis has…

One main point!


So what is a thesis
So…what is a thesis?

  • “A thesis statement declares what you believe and what you intend to prove. A good thesis statement makes the difference between a thoughtful research project and a simple retelling of facts.”


A good thesis
A good thesis:

  • Keeps you focused

  • Keeps you Interested

  • It catches your audience’s attention

  • It is provocative

  • It takes a stand


A thesis1
A thesis

  • Avoids ambiguous language

    Example : “It seems”

  • Avoids the use of the first person

    Example: “("I believe," "In my opinion")


The formula
The formula!

  • Specific topic + Attitude/Angle/Argument = Thesis

  • What you plan to argue + How you plan to argue it = Thesis


Brainstorming a thesis
Brainstorming a thesis:

  • Choose your topic

  • Ask an interesting question

  • Modify the question into a thesis

    Remember that a thesis is “work in progress” you must be flexible to change it as you conduct your research.


Let s play pick the thesis
Let’s play “Pick the thesis”

  • “I would like to become a chef when I finish school.”

  • “Although both chefs and cooks can prepare fine meals, chefs differ from cooks in education, professional commitment, and artistry.”



  • “Steroid abuse.”

  • “Steroids, even those legally available, are addictive and should be banned from sports. “



Thesis starters
Thesis Starters… twenty years.”

  • You are now going to use the Thesis starters handouts to further develop your thesis.

  • Thesis Draft is due Monday 9/25 (typed).


Bibliography
Bibliography twenty years.”

Hairston, Maxine, and John Ruszkiewice. "Literacy Education on Line." The Write Place. 1990. Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers. 21 Sept. 2006 <http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/thesistatement.html>.

Rohrbach, Carol, and Joyce Valenza. "Thesis Generator." Springfield School District. 21 Sept. 2006 <http://mciu.org/~spjvweb/thesisgenerator.html>.

"What is a Thesis?" 21 Sept. 2006 <http://mciunix.mciu.k12.pa.us/~spjvweb/thesis.html>.


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