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Writing a Thesis Statement

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Writing a Thesis Statement

What is a thesis statement?
Examples
Good v. Bad
A thesis statement must make a claim. If it is generally accepted as fact, there's not much reason to talk about it. Raise specific ideas for the speech to explore.
Examples
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Examples
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Avoid making overly broad claims. Instead, convert broad and generic claims to more specific assertions. Find ways to bring out the complexity of your topic.
What does a thesis statement do?
How do I write a thesis statement?
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Let's practice!
Using what you've learned today, revise the following thesis statements to be more effective.
Defining a Thesis Statement
What is it?
A single sentence that makes a claim about the focus of your speech.
Claim is supported throughout the speech by main points, subpoints, and supporting points.
Everything you say in your speech should grow from and tie back to your thesis statement.
Provides a Road Map
Serves as an umbrella
Forecasts your ideas
A thesis statement is...
A single sentence
Declarative
Succinct
A position on a subject
Defended with evidence
A thesis equation
Subject
Example
Good
In order to succeed, an effective corporate manager must be motivated, hardworking, and compassionate.
Bad
This speech will address the characteristics of a good corporate manager.
Good
By inventing new terms, such as "loose fit" and "relaxed fit", the jeans industry has attempted to normalize, even glorify, its product for an older and more overweight generation.
Bad
The jeans industry targets its advertisements to appeal to young adults.
Good
Although violent revolutions begin to redress social inequality, they often do so at the cost of long-term dysfunction and suffering.
Bad
Violent revolutions have had both positive and negative results for society and mankind.
Good
Hunger persists in Appalachia because jobs are scarce and farming in the infertile soil of the region is rarely profitable.
Bad
Hunger persists in Appalachia.
Revision #1
The current economic situation is bad.
Revision #2
There are many differences between rock and pop music.
Revision #3
There is too much violence on television.
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures

Why do I need one?
It gives you and your audience purpose.
It is the most important sentence in your essay.
It is the key to any speech or essay.
It is the point you want to prove.
It is the focus of the whole speech.
Thesis
Speech
Speech
Speech
Speech
It gives the speaker direction.
It lets your audience know what to expect.
All points fall under the thesis statement's focus.
Claim
(3) Main Points
+
+
=
Thesis
Subject
Claim
(3) Main
Points
Thesis
+
+
=
Choosing a college
was a complex
decision
that involved researching the
school, applying to the school, and enrolling in
classes.
Why is this bad?
Why is this better?
Why is this bad?
Why is this better?
Avoid thesis statements that are obviously true or general facts. Find an idea to question or explore. Make an assertion or take a position.
Why is this bad?
Why is this better?
Why is this bad?
Why is this better?
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