Thesis Statements. Establish the author’s (your) purpose. To inform To persuade To teach To entertain. You are trying to persuade the reader to agree with your point of view. The Thesis Continuum. A great thesis is between plot summary and opinion. Too much of either is BAD!.
You are trying to persuade the reader to agree with your point of view.
A great thesis is between plot summary and opinion. Too much of either is BAD!
The Thesis Continuum
Zone of Highest Interest
“The Sweet Spot”
Outrageous, unsupported thesis
The perfect balance of insightful textual analysis and personal opinion, a GREAT thesis creates an opportunity to use evidence from the text to arrive at a thoughtful, provocative paper.
The thesis should first answer the EQ. This is like an interstate. It will run THROUGHOUT your paper and in and out of EACH AND EVERY paragraph. You should ALWAYS be going back to how your information PROVES this assertion
Every interstate has secondary highways that lead the driver to different destinations. You have to decide where you want to take your reader. These become your RESEARCH SUBTOPICS.
Answer to EQ + Opinions/reasons = Thesis
Distracted driving should 1. They kill people so they should be tried as such.
be a criminal offense. 2. The knowingly endanger the public. 3. They are breaking the law of the road.
Thesis 1 (1 sentence): Distracted drivers knowingly endanger the public, inadvertently kill people and intentionally break the law proving that distracted driving should be a criminal offense.
Thesis 2 (2 sentences): Distracted drivers knowingly endanger the public, inadvertently kill people and intentionally break the law. As a result, distracted driving should be a criminal offense.
Should only be 1-2 sentences!!!!
Sample Essential Question: Should public schools switch to year round school calendars?
Sample Thesis: Year round schooling would clearly be a positive change for all public schools in the United States due to the improved retention rate of material, a reduction in missed instructional days, positive economic and societal implication, improved test scores, and decreased student and teacher burn out.