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THESIS STATEMENTS:

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J. McKeown

on 9 December 2013

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Transcript of THESIS STATEMENTS:

Thesis Statements
It is important to be
concise
(i.e., to the point).

The purpose of the thesis is to state your
opinion
. A thesis should be
thought-provoking
and
insightful
(i.e., less than obvious).

The thesis should directly state your
unique interpretation
of the text (i.e.,
your informed opinion
).
What is the recipe for a strong thesis statement?
THESIS = Insightful*, arguable opinion/answer to the question

*showing deep understanding of something
Thesis Statements
NOTE:

Must NOT be plot summary or facts of the text

(e.g., Juliet is an only child; this is an undisputed fact not an insightful opinion)

THESIS CHECKLIST:
THESIS STATEMENTS:

-read and review everything, but only copy down text in
yellow


Does the thesis take a stand/state a strong opinion?


Is the thesis arguable
—meaning, could someone disagree
with your perspective and prove the opposite opinion
?


Can this thesis be argued effectively
(i.e., can it be
supported by 6 distinct quotations from the play)
?


Is it interesting, insightful, and convincing?


Is the thesis ONE sentence
(or does the writer continue to
explain his or her point of view in a series of sentences)
?


1.
It answers the question at hand with an interesting and less
than obvious answer.

2. It roadmaps your paper and is the heartbeat of your essay.

3.
It makes some sort of claim that can be disputed (meaning it
has two sides and is arguable).

4. It previews and organizes the ideas to follow.

(FOUR) IMPORTANT INGREDIENTS
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