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Thesis Statements

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Becky Nethery

on 20 September 2017

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Transcript of Thesis Statements

Writing Thesis Statements
An effective thesis statement tells the reader specifically what you plan to write about.
Your thesis statement serves as a guide to
keep you on track as you develop your writing.
In a longer essay or report, your thesis statement generally comes at the end of the opening paragraph.
The Process at Work
A thesis statement usually takes a stand or
expresses a specific feeling or
feature about your topic.
Write as many versions as it takes to hit upon the statement that sets the right tone for your writing.
A Formula to Consider
The following formula can be used to form your thesis statement:
a specific topic
+ a particular stand, feeling or feature
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= an effective thesis statement
Thesis Structure
In your essay, your thesis statement needs to include all three ideas that you will discuss in your essay.
For Example:

Money can only buy temporary happiness, however, true happiness comes from family, friends and learning to be content in life.
Body Paragraph #1
For Example:

Money can only buy temporary happiness, however, true happiness comes from family, friends and learning to be content in life.
True happiness comes from family
Body Paragraph #2
Body Paragraph #3
True happiness comes from friends
True happiness comes from learning to be content
Can Money buy happiness?
Money can only buy temporary happiness, however, true happiness comes from family, friends and learning to be content in life.
Money and Happiness
True happiness comes from family, friends and being content
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Your thesis acts as a plan, it tells the reader what you will be discussing in each paragraph of your essay.
Make sure you have a thesis! You can't pass the essay if you don't have a thesis statement!
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