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Analytical Writing 101: Thesis Statements

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Transcript of Analytical Writing 101: Thesis Statements

What is a thesis statement?
Wait! How do I get there?
How do I come up with a thesis?
How do I prove my thesis?
Once you've created a thesis that addresses the question, strongly states an argument, and answers "so what," you are ready to move on.
At this point, you must use evidence to create sub-arguments that work to support your thesis.
A lot of this comes down to quotation analysis and understanding the relationships between different pieces of evidence.
What does this mean for our class?
Can I see some examples?
Writer's Tool Kit: Thesis Statements
OK, so what
must
be in my thesis?
Your thesis tells your readers what stance you are taking on some issue or question (in a sentence or two); simply, it exemplifies the conclusions you have come to on a given topic by clearly and strongly stating an argument.
It must:
Provide a scope, purpose, and direction for your paper.
Be focused and specific.
It may:
Hint at sub-arguments and evidence.
Acknowledge counter-arguments.
Well that was vague...
There is no one "right" way to support a thesis statement, although, it always important to analyze evidence and state why your argument is important for the reader.
Also, don't forget to return to your argument throughout your essay, so that your reader stays grounded.
Finally, and most importantly, you will know you have proved your thesis if there are no questions left to answer.
This means that you have stated a strong, specific argument and kept the reader engaged by explaining its significance.
A thesis statement is a strong claim or argument based upon sound research or evidence.
It is not simply a fact, because it must be an argument that needs to be proved.
And, it is not simply an opinion, because it is based upon evidence.
Sources
"Guide to Writing Thesis Statements." University of Washington Writing Center.
<http://depts.washington.edu/pswrite/thesisstmt.html>.
"What is a Thesis?" The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison.
<http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/thesis_def.html>.
Examples
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/01/
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/thesis-statements/
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