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Thesis Statements and Description Essays

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Jennifer LaPan

on 25 September 2013

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Transcript of Thesis Statements and Description Essays

Thesis statements
The description essay

Wednesday Jan 16
What is the difference between a regular sentence and a thesis statement?
Freewrite
Ties the whole essay together
Broad claim
"Brain" of the essay
Can be argued
How a Thesis Statement Functions
Main Topic + Main Position + Evidence
Constructing a Thesis Statement
"The ability to purchase television advertising is essential for any candidate's bid for election to the Senate because television reaches millions of people and thus has the ability to dramatically increase name recognition."
Practice
Cell Phones and Driving
Main Topic + Main Position + Evidence
Practice on Your Own
Avoid these common errors when making your thesis statement:
Common Errors



4. Don't make your thesis too broad or narrow
Bring 3 topics for a descriptive essay to class with you Wednesday.
For Next Class:
Come see me ASAP if...
You haven't taken the grammar diagnostic
You missed the first day of class and as a result have not completed the in-class essay
Topic + Main Impression = Thesis Statement
Sight (colors, shapes, sizes)
Description Essays
Group 1: The most beautiful place you’ve ever been
Group 2: The most outrageous thing you’ve ever experienced
Group 3: Your greatest memory
Group 4: Your favorite holiday
Group 5: Your first car
Brainstorming Practice
Brainstorm ideas for the following descriptive essay topics:
Drinking Age
Your details should appeal to the senses:
Sound (loud, high, soft)
Smell (sharp, rotten, sweet)
Taste (spicy, bitter, sour)
Touch (rough, oily, silky)
1. Don't make your thesis statement merely an announcement of your subject or a fact
2. Don't include expressions like "I will argue" or "In my opinion" or "I believe"
3. Argue multiple viewpoints or ideas - just stick to one
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