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ENGL106 - Thesis statements

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Transcript of ENGL106 - Thesis statements

Thesis Statements
Writing a Thesis Statement
The thesis is the most important part of the paper because it states your main idea and lets your reader know your paper's argument
- For most academic papers, the thesis should be DEBATABLE. That is, it should be one side of an argument - not something that everyone will automatically agree with.

- An ASSERTION is a stand on a particular topic; a statement or a point of view that others might disagree with.

- a thesis statement should not just be an OBSERVATION but an ARGUABLE POSITION.
STEP 1: ask yourself "should" questions about your subject.

Here's an example...
subject: global climate change
Question: What action, if any, should the US government take to reduce global climate change?

STEP 2: make an assertion by answering the question in a single, complete, and specific sentence.

Depending on the scope of your argument or assignment, you can either provide multiple solutions to your question, or one assertion with multiple supporting examples.
- the rest of the ideas in the paper should relate directly to your thesis statement.

- Because it contains the main idea, the thesis provides necessary direction for the reader.

- In the early stages of the writing process, a working thesis serves as an anchor for your idea. You can revisit and revise the thesis throughout the writing and drafting process to keep the essay focused on the main idea.
What action, if any, should the US take to reduce global climate change?
In order the counter-act global climate change, the United States should put restrictions on carbon emissions, subsidize alternative fuel research, and grant tax breaks to companies that meet LEED certification standards.
Class work:
With the time we have left, start brainstorming and writing a thesis statement. Experiment writing thesis statements for your three different topics

Begin by working on your own; when you think you have a good thesis statement, try it out on a neighbor.
Does it have a arguable position and give an idea of what the text will cover?
Split Infinitives
You may have heard the rule "Never split an infinitive."
Examples of infinitives include: to be, to walk, to run, to sleep, to dream, to live.
A thesis statement is made up of two components:
1) It states your main topic and argument.

2) It outlines/ lists your main supporting points.
"It is too late to save earth; therefore, humans should immediately set a date for their relocation to Mars where, with proper planning, they can avoid issues of famine, war, and global warming."
main topic
supporting points
On Thursday and Tuesday, instead of our regular class, we will be taking the time to meet one-on-one and discuss your Personal Narratives.
Bring two printed copies of your rough draft to conference: one for you and one for me.
Your draft should be more or less complete. The more you have to work with, the better our conference will be.
You DO still have all of your other classes.
Use your free class time to continue to work on your paper.
Missing your conference counts as an absence!
It's not always true!
You should only separate the “to” from the rest of the verb if the adverb is short and does not cause confusion.
Okay: I wanted to quickly finish my homework.
Not okay: I wanted to efficiently and without delay finish my homework.
Okay: To boldly go where no man has gone before.
Not okay: To boldly, daringly, and with aplomb go where no man has gone before.
In a paper, the thesis statement should always come at the end of the introduction.

More often than not, it is only one sentence in length (although it can be a very long sentence).
One way in which the United States should work to reduce global climate change is by placing restrictions on carbon emissions; this could be done by taxing companies with high CO2 level emissions, putting caps on emission levels, and funding research for alternative fuels.
multiple solutions
One solution,
multiple supporting points
space: above, by, over
time: before, after since
Prepositions usually deal with SPACE and TIME
The common rule,
"Never end a sentence with a preposition"
is not always true!
I hope he cheers up.

What did you step on?
If the preposition is necessary for the sentence to make sense, it's okay to leave it.
Where is she at?

Where is she?
DON'T put a preposition at the end of a sentences if it is not needed.
He jumped off of the dock.

He jumped off the dock.
Unnecessary prepositions do NOT just occur at the END of sentences!
The rest of your paper, then, is spent proving your point.
You'll find it much easier to write a paper if you start from an arguable position. If you find that you're running out of things to say, your thesis may be lacking debate.
Who Cares?
So What?
submit a thesis statement draft on Canvas
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