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Thesis Statements

A presentation on understanding and writing thesis statements
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Vanessa Faulkner

on 9 April 2013

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Thesis Statements What is a thesis statement? Introduces your main idea to the reader Is an ARGUABLE point Contains your supporting evidence Example Twilight's portrayal of villains as dark-skinned, its overt sexism, and its marketing towards adolescent girls make it a monstrous series. Where do I put it? USUALLY appears at the end of an introduction Things NOT to do Phrase your thesis as a question State a simple fact Why do I think Twilight is monstrous? Twilight is about vampires Compose a thesis that is not arguable Twilight has been seen by some as monstrous State the thesis as an incomplete sentence. The monstrosity of Twilight Be overly specific The obvious submissiveness of Bella in that one scene from the novel where she does that one thing and Edward responds by telling her _____ is one of the reasons, along with ___, ____, and ___ that make the novel monstrous How to Write a Thesis Statement It is specific! Make it multi-level Twilight's portrayal of villains as dark-skinned, its overt sexism, and its marketing towards adolescent girls make it a monstrous series. Cause and Effect
(If/Then, Because) BecauseTwilight is accepted as truth by adolescents, we must expose its blatant sexism and racism. Compare/Contrast While some critics have made the argument that Bella's final decision turns her into a submissive female character, I believe that other evidence in the novel proves that her decision was not a submissive act but an empowering one. Other Possibilities: Problem/Solution

Advantage/Disadvantage Credit: Information adapted from:

a-s.clayton.edu/mwinkler/thesis.ppt

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http://www.docstoc.com/docs/15948229/ess-Stateets-Thesis-Statements Subject + opinion= thesis statement
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