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Steps to writing a Thesis Statement

SCB Subject, Claim, Blueprint
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Becky Leffler

on 27 February 2014

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Transcript of Steps to writing a Thesis Statement

S. C. B.
Steps to writing a
Thesis Statement

A thesis statement is the
road map
to your literary essay; it tells the reader
what to expect
from the rest of your
paper.

It is an
opinion
or a claim
.
The opinion gives your answer to a question about the subject. What about that subject do you want to discuss?
Claim
These will be the supporting paragraphs that will support your thesis in your essay. Each one will contain a reason that supports your thesis. The paragraphs will all be formatted using R.A.C.E.
Reasons
A strong thesis has TWO parts
Composing your thesis statement
1. A
subject
2. A
claim
about that subject
SUBJECT
The subject tells the reader exactly what or whom the essay focuses.
Subject =
Wonder
Subject =
Once
What is your opinion about the book
Wonder
or
Once
?
Remember:
1. Your opinion is
not
a list of facts, summaries, or observations.
2. It is an
arguable
point.
3. Someone may
disagree
with it.
R. J. Palicio depicts Auggie wonderfully by using multiple perspectives.
Reason one:
By hearing Auggie's perspective, we learn how he views himself.
Reason two
: By hearing Via's perspective, we learn how Auggie is perceived by his family.
Reason three
: By hearing Jack's perspective, we learn how Auggie's is perceived by one of his classmates.
Questions to ask while writing the thesis
Does my thesis
state
my
subject
or topic?
Can I find
evidence
from beginning,
middle
, and end of my text to fit my topic?
Do I feel
passionate
about my topic?
Got your thesis?
Now look over your evidence you already complied and create a plan/outline or use boxes and bullets.
A thesis statement is no
longer
than one or possibly two sentences found
somewhere
in your first paragraph (usually towards the
end
).
It does not contain
because
and avoids phrases like "I
think
" and "In this paper,
I will
..."
Morris Gleitzman
cleverly explains the
setting through the naive perspective of Felix.
Reason one
: Felix shows what the era and specific location he lived in is like.
Reason two
: Felix shows the geographical features of the land.
Reason three
: Felix shows the living conditions of the Jews and the Polish.
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