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Writing- Outline/Thesis

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Liz Miller

on 10 April 2015

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Outlines and Thesis
Thesis Statement
Takes a position on an issue.
Have a specific topic.
Be an issue you can support or back up with examples.
Should make sense to a reader even if they have NO IDEA of the question you are answering.

Just answer the question presented
Be vague
Have a subject that includes: I, We, You, He, she, it, they, them
An Outline
Comes after your Brainstorming.
Title "The Benefits of Running"

I. Introduction
A. Running is becoming an extremely popular sport for all ages.
B. Running is a great form of exercise because it helps people control their weight, develop muscles, and improves mental and physical performance.

II. Body

A. Weight control
1. Aids self-control
2. Burns calories
3. Encourages a healthy diet
4. Suppresses appetite

B. Muscular Development
1. Improves tone
2. Enhances contours
3. Increases strength
4. Improves endurance

C. Psychological well-being
1. Aids sleep
2. Inhibits depression
3. Intensifies vitality

III. Conclusion
A. Benefits of running make it an excellent exercise.
B. People who want to improve their health should consider running.

Q: “What are the potential benefits of using computers in a fourth-grade class?”

A: “The potential benefits of using computers in a fourth-grade class are students learn technology at an early age.

A: “Using computers in a fourth-grade class promises to improve students technology skills.

The answer to the question is the thesis statement for the essay.

Even if your assignment doesn’t ask a specific question, your thesis statement still needs to answer a question about the issue you’d like to explore. In this situation, your job is to figure out what question you’d like to write about.

A good thesis statement will usually include the following four attributes:

take on a subject upon which reasonable people could disagree
express one main idea
assert your conclusions/opinion about a subject
How to Generate a Thesis Statement if the Topic is not Assigned
Sugar Consumption
What are the potential benefits of school uniforms in schools?
It gives you a map of how you will write your essay. It should be just ideas the topics of each paragraph and your supporting ideas.
I. Introduction
A. Attention Grabber
B. Introduce Topic (Author and Work if necessary)
C. Thesis
II. Body
A. Topic Sentence
B. Support
C. Concluding Sentence
III. Body
A. Topic Sentence
B. Support
C. Concluding Sentence
IV. Conclusion
A. Summarize Topic
B. Restate Summary
C. Restate Thesis
Now Practice
Write an outline for an essay on:
The Benefits of Running
Authentic patriotism is not about you, what you believe or what you think is right. . . . Authentic patriotism is not an opinion. It is an action.—Stephen Kiernan
Think carefully about the following statement.Some people define themselves by what they believe, while others allow their actions to speak for them.

Write an essay stating your position on which is more important: what a person thinks or what a person does.

Be sure to —
• state your position clearly
• use appropriate organization
• provide specific support for your argument
• choose your words carefully
• edit your writing for grammar, mechanics, and spelling
Create an Outline for your Essay
How to Generate a Thesis Statement if the Topic is Assigned
1. Look at the question and find your specific topic
2. Decide your stance on the issue
i.e. Should this happen or should it not?
3. Decide your broad topic or planned statement.
4. Restate the question into a thesis statement
Run-on Sentences
Create Your Own Thesis for an Analytical Essay
What literary elements did you notice in The Giver?

For example, you might ask, “How does Lois Lowry use foreshadowing in the novel?”
If you chose to write your paper on this topic, your thesis statement would be something like “Lois Lowry uses foreshadowing in the novel to __________.”
The rest of your essay would provide details and evidence to support this thesis statement.
Think about the other literary elements that you’ve noticed and ask yourself how they help move the story forward or how they highlight some aspect of the novel’s theme. Your goal in writing this paper is to apply what you’ve learned about literature to explain some aspect of Lois Lowry’s novel.
What literary elements did you notice in The Giver?

Imagery/Sensory Language
Remember an outline has only key words!
Next download the graphic organizer from Moodle and complete it with complete sentences
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