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Transcript of Thesis Statements
Writing a good thesis statement
What is a thesis statement?
-A thesis statement presents your opinions or thoughts
on a subject or an issue. You cannot write an essay
-A thesis must contain a subject + an opinion.
-A thesis statement answers the topic question
A good thesis statement should never contain the following: in my opinion, I think, I believe, etc. It may be helpful to use these when writing a rough draft of a thesis statement to make sure you are expressing thoughts or opinions on a specific subject, but make sure to take them out for your final draft.
-A good thesis statement is short and simple: It should be no longer than one sentence regardless of essay length.
-A good thesis statement is limited to one main idea.
-A good thesis statement is a declarative statement with no qualifiers (might, maybe, perhaps, etc.)
Good: "Success is a result of doing the right things consistently."
Bad: "In a world full of success gurus and books about success, it becomes ever so more important to delineate the one trait that ultimately determines success: doing the right thing consistently."
Questions to ask yourself
-Have you answered the question or just restated it?
-Have you tried to argue both sides of the case? It is important to acknowledge the other side and address the other position. That does not, however, excuse you from choosing a side.
-Have you prejudged the issue by using loaded language? In an essay you do not want to manipulate readers through emotionally-charged language.
Example: "Immature, whiny, male-pig Romeo, a male harlot, ruined precious Juliet whom he loved no more than Rosaline."
From the examples below, select the two best thesis statements. Explain what is wrong with the statements that you did not pick.
1.) The key to successfully dieting is focusing on a specific goal.
The key to successful dieting is focusing on a specific goal, which is also the key to successfully running a business and coaching a football team.
2.) Lebron James' ability to score, pass, and rebound just might make him the league's most valuable player.
Lebron James' ability to score, pass, and rebound make him the league's most valuable player.
Make a list of things that new students need to know in order to survive at Tates Creek High School. Select one item from your list and write one paragraph in which you describe in detail why it is important for a new student to know that.
Take a look at your bellringer. Select one item from your list and use what you have just learned to write a good thesis statement that answers the question "What is the most important thing a new student needs to know in order to survive at Tates Creek HS?"