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Thesis Statements

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Laura Mortensen

on 21 January 2015

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Transcript of Thesis Statements

What is a Thesis Statement?
A single sentence
When are Thesis Statements used?
Expository writing
is a type of writing where the purpose is to inform, describe, explain, or define the author's subject to the reader. Expository text is meant to deposit information and is the most frequently used type of writing by students in colleges, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and universities. A well-written exposition remains focused on its topic and lists events in chronological order. Examples of expository writing include driving directions and instructions on performing a task. Key words such as first, after, next, then, last, before that, and usually signal sequential writing. Second-person instructions with "you" are acceptable.However, the use of first-person pronouns should be avoided ( For example, I, I think etc...). Expository essays should not reveal the opinion of the writer.

Prompt: Explain how television commercials influence children.
A Thesis Statement NEVER...
is more than one sentence
Thesis Statements
Answers a question
asks a question
See if you can spot the BAD Thesis Statement:
Thesis: Television commercials have an influence on children.
Thesis: Television commercials have been shown to influence children as shown by an increase in greed, egotistical tendencies, and unrealistic expectations.
Try it again...
Prompt: Discuss the benefits of playing team sports.
Thesis: Playing team sports has many benefits.
Thesis: Playing team sports has several benefits such as conflict solving capabilities, increased lung capacity, and the ability to take criticism.

vs.
vs.
And one more time...
Restates the prompt
Prompt: Explain why it's important to continue your education after High School.
Thesis: College is an option after High School.
Thesis: All students should go to College after High school. You can learn specific skills to get a better chance at landing your dream job.
Both are wrong.
They both have something wrong with them
Prompt: Explain why it's important to continue your education after High School.
Thesis: College is an option after High School.
This Thesis does not restate the prompt, nor does it answer the question.
Thesis: All students should go to College after High school. You can learn specific skills to get a better chance at landing your dream job.
This Thesis also does not restate the prompt. And it's TWO sentences. A Thesis is one sentence.

Write your own!
First two rows: Explain how disappointments can have a good side.
Write a Thesis Statement responding to these prompts on your sticky note:
Prompts will most likely always say
EXPLAI
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for expository essays.
Formula for writing your own Thesis Statement
Statement (restate prompt)
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3 reasons
Next two rows: Explain how one invention has impacted your life.
Last two rows: Explain why honesty is important to a friendship.
Let's talk about Disney for a minute...
Some of Walt Disney's best-known work is in the adaptation of popular fairy tales like Cinderella, Snow White, and The Little Mermaid. Over time, people have criticized these works for their treatment of the female gender, saying the "Disney Princesses" in particular are stereotyped as weak and dependent upon their male protectors. Still, Disney movies have become classics in the world of movies and home video.

Disney movies provide an easy exercise for examining gender representations and cultural stereotypes in film and media.

What are some Disney movies you've seen?
Name the female characters in those movies.
Answer these questions about your female character:

1. What are their physical attributes?

2. What's their relationship to the male characters in the movie?

3. What do they seem to want out of life?

4. Do they seem realistic?
What characteristics did each group come up with?
Now, I want you each to write a Thesis Statement using the characteristics we just listed.
Follow this Thesis Statement:
"The female characters in Disney films are generally... 1,2,3."
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