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Transcript of Thesis Statment
What a thesis
Before we look at what a thesis IS, lets look at what a thesis is NOT.
Your topic tells the reader what you are talking about.
Example: I will compare the usage of texting over the past 2 years. This is a topic NOT a thesis.
The thesis statement is a strong statement/claims that tells your reader what you intend to prove about your topic.
Your thesis should take a STAND.
Once stating your thesis statement, the rest of the paper should be convincing your reader why your opinion is true using facts as support.
Your thesis statement is NOT a fact about your topic.
Example: Pollution is bad for the environment.
If your thesis statement is something generally agreed upon or accepted as fact then there is no reason to persuade people.
Thesis is located at the end of the introduction
A sentence (or two) that answers your readers biggest question.
What on earth are you talking about?
Your thesis statement should be an arguable opinion NOT a fact. Why? Because your thesis statement should always be a statement that demands proof.
Specific topic +
I want to be a chef
when I finish school.
Although both chefs and cooks prepare good meals, chefs differ from cooks in education, professional commitment, and artistry.
Hip Hop is the best thing that has happened in music in the past 20 years.
Though many people dismiss hip hop as offensive, hip hop music offers urban youth an important opportunity for artistic expression, and allows them to articulate the poetry of the street.
Write an essay in which you analyze if the abbreviated language that people use with cell phones and computers is causing them to forget basic grammar skills.
Your thesis must be defended (proven) using evidence from the text in your body paragraphs. Each body paragraphs MUST RELATE DIRECTLY to your thesis.