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How to make a thesis statement

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on 19 September 2013

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Transcript of How to make a thesis statement

How to write a clear thesis statement
Step 1
Understand what a thesis statement is trying to accomplish
Step 2
Next, free write to define your point of view. Decide what the main idea is!
Step 3
Write your thesis statement in the form of a CLEAR but COMPLEX sentence.
First what you need to know is....
Your thesis needs to express a considered point of view. This type of point of view is different from an opinion.

about what your point is going to be!
Tip: you may want to...
Create a table or graphic organizer that lists or outlines the pros and cons of a topic/subject.
Make sure to find evidence!
You will need to back up your claims, so keep quotes, or textual evidence handy so you can focus your thesis to cover all of your main points.
Be clear and consise!
Why complex?
These types of sentences allow you to communicate rich and eloquent thoughts.
1. I hate San Francisco weather in the summertime.

2. While San Francisco weather in the summer can be variable and unpredictable, once one has mastered “the art of layering,” it can be quite pleasant.
For Example:
Some words that might help you start or transition.
Don't forget to ask for help!
A second eye is always better than one!
Step 4
You want to analyze NOT summarize.
Pick a controversial topic!
One that can be discussed and argued over.
Generalizing and moralizing
Using words like everyone, no one, or all does not narrow down your topic and may not be true for all groups.

Using words like should or must, so you stray away from moralizing. They will make your paper sound preachy and will not be as convincing.

If a reader, who knows nothing about your topic reads your thesis, they should be able to be prepared for what is to come in your essay by reading your thesis statement!
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