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ESSAY Introduction Thesis Statement. Body Paragraph #1. Body Paragraph #2. Body Paragraph #3. The Thesis Statement. A Road Map for Your Essay. Research Report Format. Introduction. Thesis Statements. After you have brainstormed and you have some main

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    1. ESSAY Introduction Thesis Statement Body Paragraph #1 Body Paragraph #2 Body Paragraph #3 The Thesis Statement A Road Map for Your Essay

    2. Research Report Format

    3. Introduction Thesis Statements After you have brainstormed and you have some main ideas of what you would like to write in your essay, you can begin thinking about writing a thesis statement. What’s a thesis statement????

    4. Definition Thesis Statement A thesis statement is the last sentence in the introduction paragraph and it describes what the essay is about. It tells the reader the main idea of the essay.

    5. Key Features Thesis Statement • states the main idea of the essay in a complete sentence, not in a question. • is usually at the end of an introduction. • states an opinion or attitude on a topic. It doesn’t just state the topic, itself. • often lists subtopics. • does not directly announce your main topic.

    6. This is not a complete sentence. Technology How have sports influenced famous people? This is a question, not a statement. Key Features Main Idea in a Complete Sentence Technology has created many opportunities for people over the last ten years, from helping musicians produce records to curing cancer. Thesis Statement Sports have molded the minds of many great celebrities by providing them with the skills of teamwork, confidence, and an attitude of perseverance. Thesis Statement

    7. Key Features Don’t State the Obvious In thesis statements, you should avoid using statements like, “This essay will discuss…” or “I’m going to write about…” We don’t need a red flag, we know that this is an essay and that these are your thoughts because YOU wrote it!

    8. Formula for a Good Thesis Statement Topic + point of the essay (or 3 main ideas) = Thesis • Point of Essay • has a rich and varied history. • can solve some of our city's most persistent and pressing problems. Topic • Kenya's Culture • Public Transportation OR Topic • Kenya's Culture • Public Transportation • List the 3 main ideas you will discuss • has a long history, blends traditions from several other cultures, and provides a rich heritage. • helps with traffic congestion, resource management, and the city budget. Once you have formulated a thesis statement that fits this pattern and with which you are comfortable, you are ready to continue!