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What is a Thesis Statement?. Mrs. Gillespie Advanced Reading February 23, 2012 . Usually appears in the first paragraph. E xpresses the writer’s position/opinion on a particular subject and must be supported by evidence.

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what is a thesis statement

What is a Thesis Statement?

Mrs. Gillespie

Advanced Reading

February 23, 2012

thesis statement

Usually appears in the first paragraph.

  • Expresses the writer’s position/opinion on a particular subjectandmust be supported by evidence.
  • Clarifies the writer’s purpose and provide a focus for your writing.
Thesis Statement
how to write a thesis statement

Begin with an idea you believe may be correct.

  • Examine available data.
  • Annotate for deeper meaning/Interpret the data.
  • Find quotes that support your ideas.
  • Form your thesis statement based on what you discovered.
  • You often have to change your thesis because the data may not necessarily support your position.
How to write a thesis statement?
writing a thesis s tatement

What is the subject?

  • What is your opinion about the subject? What do you believe to be true about the subject?
  • What is a concrete element that will be used to support the opinion?
Writinga Thesis Statement
explain why each statement would or would not make a good thesis for a paper

Who is Ray Bradbury? He is perhaps the most influential writer of science fiction and fantasy in generations.

  • Ray Bradbury’s accomplishments as an author were amazingconsideringhis background.
    • Subject, Opinion, Concrete element.
Explain why each statement would or would not make a good thesis for a paper.
samples of thesis statements

Weak

    • In Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury, the authoruses a variety of figurative languageto express his attitude toward technology.
  • Average
    • In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the authoruses figurative language, such as similes and metaphors to express his attitude toward technology.
  • Strong
    • In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the author uses figurative language, such as similes and metaphors to express his objection toward technical advances.
Samples of Thesis Statements
thesis statement template

In ________(title of work), _______(Subject) uses ______________(concrete element that will be used to support the opinion) to ____(verbe.g.- express, reveal, convey, explore, suggest, portray etc.)__________(writer’s opinion about the subject that must be proven )

Thesis Statement Template
works cited

Author Study Ray Bradbury.(2001). The Language of Literature Texas Teacher’s Edition Grade 7 (pp. 474-475). Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell.

  • Stephenson, J. (2011, October) Thesis Statement Progressions. Laying the Foundation One-Day Conference, J. Frank Dobie High School Houston, Texas
Works Cited