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Writing a THESIS Statement

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John Tracey

on 20 October 2015

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Transcript of Writing a THESIS Statement

What is a THESIS?
Writing A THESIS Statement
A THESIS takes a STAND
A THESIS is a CLAIM that
others might dispute
A TOPIC + OPINION =
A THESIS STATEMENT
A THESIS is NOT a STATEMENT
of FACT or an OBSERVATION
A THESIS is SPECIFIC rather
than VAGUE or GENERAL
A THESIS is a CLAIM that others might dispute
Your thesis
NEEDS TO HAVE AN

ARGUABLE POINT
, because the rest of your argumentative essay, or Guaranteed Research Experience (GRE) assignment, is going to be about MAKING (and winning!) that argument.
For Example:
Mesopotamia is a Greek term which
means, "Land between two rivers."
Example:
There were many crops
grown in Mesopotamia.
What is a THESIS?
A THESIS takes a STAND
A strong thesis statement expresses one main idea. If your thesis statement expresses more than one
idea, you might confuse the readers about the
subject of your paper. For example:
The people of Mesopotamia learned how
to control the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers
and they invented the wheel.
Why is this a weak thesis statement?
Exactly! The reader won't be able to figure out whether the paper is about
controlling the rivers or the invention of the wheel. And, by the way, thy are both FACTS!
For Example: The development of the wheel in Mesopotamia changed human civilization more than any other invention.
Yes, it was pretty darn cool and important, but
what about farming, or permanent housing, or writing, or education, etc.?
For Example: There are many similarities between "One Direction" and "N'SYNC"
PROVE IT!
Topic:
Mesopotamian civilization
Opinion:
Trade was essential
Thesis Statement:
Trade was the most essential
component in the development of Mesopotamian civilization.
Another Example:
The Tigris River and Euphrates River flood in the Spring.
No Kidding?! Obvy...!
That's a Fact, Jack!
Very true, but also a FACT - and very vague!
How could it be better?
How about something like this?:
Barley was the most important
crop grown in Mesopotamia.
But here's the rub; you
have to let the reader
know that your paper
will be more than just personal opinion.
That is a thesis you can defend, and the reader
can disagree with. It's
up to you to convince them.
Mo' specific is
Mo' better!
Howsa' bout
a recap rap?
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