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Copy of Writing a 3-Prong Thesis Statement

Getting ready for the CAHSEE
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Mrs. Clay

on 5 December 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Writing a 3-Prong Thesis Statement

Getting ready for the ELA CAHSEE
WRITING A 3-PRONG THESIS STATEMENT
-A thesis statement is one sentence that summarizes your entire paper.
WHAT IS A 3-PRONG THESIS STATEMENT?
Thomas Edison's genius was the perfect combination of
innovative thinking
,
hard work
,
and a positive attitude.
WHAT DOES A 3-PRONG THESIS STATEMENT LOOK LIKE?
Pre-write your thesis by using the bubble method of brainstorming to come up with good points to use in your essay.
STEP 1: OUTLINE YOUR IDEAS
Explain your topic in the first sentence and then create your thesis statement.
STEP 2: CREATE AN INTRODUCTION FOR YOUR ESSAY
Write three points that you will prove or argue in your essay.
STEP 3: 3 POINTS
Use topic sentences to write these points so you can expand on them in each paragraph of your essay.

Make sure your three points will be clear because they will also be the basis of your three opening sentences for each body paragraph.
STEP 4: TOPIC SENTENCES
-3-prong refers to the fact that your thesis will have 3 important parts. Each "prong" will be elaborated into a paragraph.
-A 3-prong thesis statement should be written in correct parallel structure.
EXAMPLE:
EXAMPLE:
Thomas Edison was influential because
he created the light bulb
,
phonograph
,
and the telegraph transmitter.
Select the three points that will best support your explanatory or argumentative essay.
Your thesis will describe how you are going to prove your topic sentence.
These three points should specify or back up what you are stating in your topic sentence.
You will explain each of these points within your essay.
KEEP IN MIND:
-You will include three steps if you are writing an explanatory essay.

-You will include three things you will use to prove your thesis is true if you are writing an argumentative essay.

FINISH IT UP
Conclude your thesis by leading into your essay. Your essay will begin with the first prong of your thesis statement.
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