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Don't Have a Scary Thesis Statement

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Adam Hawk

on 4 September 2013

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Transcript of Don't Have a Scary Thesis Statement

Don't get trapped, use transition words or phrases.
This shows a connection between the body paragraphs and your thesis statement
How to tie to rest of paper
Don't be Scared of a Thesis Statement
Know What You're Working With
To know how to have a good thesis statement, you first have to know what it is.

A thesis is a short statement, usually one sentence, that summarizes the main point or claim of an essay, research paper, etc., which is developed, supported and explained in the text by means of examples and evidence
Do Your Best
Always do your best to write a good thesis statement.
Does your thesis statement commit you to something too short? too long? or just right for the required length of the paper?
How to form a Thesis Statement
There is a formula that you can use to create your thesis statement, just ask yourself these questions;
What is the topic you want to write about?
What is your opinion on the topic?
Can you support your idea in your essay?
What is the main argument against your opinion?
What is the title of your essay?
Use your answers from these simple questions when you form your thesis statement.
Do a Good Job
Narrow the subject of your thesis statement to a single central subject that the essay will support
Your thesis should make a point
It does not list what you're going to say
State the point you are trying to argue in the essay, do not give a summary of your information
Revise your thesis while you write so the main points of your essay and thesis statement match up
Write in third person, no "I," "you," or "we"
Don't be a Randall and Cheat
Make sure the thesis statement focus' on what your essay will be about
it should not have supporting details
A question can lead into your thesis statement
Don't state a fact as your thesis
the facts are what should back up your thesis in the essay
Announcements shouldn't be your thesis because they are a general view rather than your view
the same applies with quotes
quotes are an author's view, not your own
Where to put "it"
There are a few places where you can put your thesis statement.
You can put "it,"
At the beginning of your introduction paragraph
at the end of your introduction paragraph

Most often the thesis statement goes at the end of the introduction paragraph because it can be an unexciting sentence to begin your essay with.
How to tie up loose ends
The thesis tells you what you will read, the conclusion sums up what you read.
So your conclusion should tie in with the thesis
Rewrite thesis to make a conclusion.
Your thesis is: "The colors of autumn make it my favorite season."
Your conclusion would be: "It is orange, red, and brown of the leaves that make me love the fall."
Don't make your thesis statement too long
It doesn't have to be only one sentence but take into consideration the depth of your essay
The statement should only be long enough to explain what will be in your paper
Shorter and clear sounds confident to the reader
The statement should not provide any supporting details for your argument
You want your paper to follow the order of your thesis statement
If you have three main points in your statement, your paper should follow the order in which you state your points
By Alyssa Iverson and AJ Winings
Once you tie your thesis to your conclusion, you're done!
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