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The Thesis Statement

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Shanna Irving

on 4 November 2012

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THE THESIS STATEMENT
(aka the CLAIM statement) General Info:
the thesis statement is typically located at the end of the first paragraph
Its purpose is to identify the essay's central focus More Specific Info:
the thesis statement should be CLEAR, SPECIFIC, and ARGUABLE. CLARITY IS ESSENTIAL!
Your thesis must be easy to understand.

Write it so that it makes sense, has a musical quality, and has no grammar errors. SPECIFICITY MATTERS!
Make sure your thesis introduces and narrows your topic's focus.

It should also introduce critical information your reader needs to fully understand your argument: the narrative title(s), character title(s), author(s), etc. A CLAIM (argument) MUST BE MADE IN THE THESIS STATEMENT!

Make sure your thesis contains the argument you are supporting in your paper.

What is the claim you plan to prove with all your textual evidence? What a THESIS should NOT be:
the first sentence in your essay
more than one sentence long
a question
poorly-worded
grammatically and/or conventionally incorrect What a thesis should NOT have:
ANY summary AT ALL (if needed, this should come BEFORE your thesis)
a personal opinion (a statement that cannot be proven OR disproved)
first person pronouns (I, me, my, we, us)
contractions A mathematical way of thinking about the thesis statement: Specific topic + Attitude/Angle/Argument = Thesis What you plan to argue + How you plan to argue it = Thesis OR
I would like to become a chef when I finish school

Although both chefs and cooks can prepare fine meals, chefs differ from cooks in education, professional commitment, and artistry. I enjoy white water rafting.

A first water rafting experience can challenge the body and spirit and transform an adolescent into an adult. Men are chauvinists.

Our American family structure encourages men to repress their true feelings, leaving them open to physical, psychological, and relationship difficulties.
Steroid abuse

Steroids, even those legally available, are addictive and should be banned from sports.
Hip hop is the best thing that has happened to music in twenty 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.
Many people object to today's violent horror movies.

Despite their high-tech special effects, today's graphically violent horror movies do not convey the creative use of cinematography or the emotional impact that seen in the classic horror films of the 1940s and 50s. Now, let's play:
Which one is a STRONG thesis? REMEMBER: Your thesis must be defended (proven) using evidence from the text in your body paragraphs!

Each body paragraph MUST RELATE DIRECTLY to your thesis. NOW, TIME TO WRITE YOUR THESIS. It'll be awesome. And when your body paragraphs are done, you'll feel like this guy: Retrieved from: http://www.kean.edu/~roneilfi/How%20to%20write%20a%20thesis%20statement.htm
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