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Thesis Statements

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Sara Velie

on 16 November 2015

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Transcript of Thesis Statements

A Wise Approach to Thesis Statements
Movie #3
Copy the following 5 explanations under your the appropriate thesis.
A thesis statement should NOT be a simple statement of fact. This statement would result in a boring composition that simply details the new arrangement.

Look at the five thesis statements on your worksheet. Read them and then decide if they are good or if they can be fixed!
If they are alright label with a:
If they need fixed label with a:
A thesis statement SHOULD make a point that can be supported by the available evidence. This is a good example!

Think of a thesis statement like a movie trailer. A movie trailer gives the viewer an idea about what they will see within a movie. A thesis statement gives the reader an idea about what they will read in an essay.
A trailer for your essay

On your worksheet you will see three numbers. You will be watching three movie trailers and responding to each- What is this movie about? Fill it in next to numbers 1., 2. and 3.
For #1 we will watch the trailer and then discuss. Do not write anything yet!
Movie #1
Too General:
This is a movie about a slave.
Too Specific:

"Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life." and more and more and morrrre information!!
-Written by Fox Searchlight
-Who is the slave? What is their story? Is the setting explained? Does the slave escape? Does the slave die? The list of unanswered questions goes on and on!!!
Jussssst right!
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
-IMDB movie review
Save some facts for the movie- duh!!
Copy this down next to #1 on your worksheet!
Good Thesis!
While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
-IMDB Statement
Movie #2
Good Thesis
With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
-IMDB Statement
After you watch, write down a thesis you have created from this movie trailer (Next to #2 on your paper).
After you watch, write down a thesis you have created from this movie trailer (next to #3 on your paper).
A thesis statement should NOT express sweeping opinions. Not only would a writer be unable to prove this statement, but it also takes an overemotional tone.

This is not a good thesis statement because it is vague; also it simply states an opinion and does not tell what the writer hopes to prove or explain to the audience.

This is a good thesis statement because it identifies the writer’s main idea and tells what he or she hopes to prove or explain.

A thesis statement is a sentence or two, typically near the beginning of a composition, that clearly presents your main idea and your purpose for writing.
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