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Writing a Thesis Statement

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Joshua Ostini

on 15 November 2013

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Transcript of Writing a Thesis Statement

A Thesis?
Know Your Facts!
• To write a thesis, you first need to know the difference between fact and opinion.
• Remember, a fact is something that can be
proven true or false.
1. ___Zombies are the living-dead
2. ___Zombies are superior to vampires.
3. ___The Walking Dead is an ultra-violent television show.
The Single Most Important Sentence in Your Essay
A thesis statement is what your essay will prove.
• It answers the main question your essay prompt
• For example, if the essay prompt asks “Is the Zombie
Apocalypse Invetiable?” your thesis must answer this
• Without a thesis, you do not have an essay.
• It’s the most important sentence in an essay
• For your reader’s convenience, always put your
thesis at the end of your introduction.
What is a thesis statement?

A thesis statement has two parts:

____________ +____________ = thesis statement

Subject= what the essay is supposed to be about.
Opinion: a statement that is not fact. It does not have to be your actual opinion.
Writing a Thesis Statement
Adventure Time!
Write the thesis statement for the following persuasive prompt:
~Should food with high-fructose corn syrup be removed from school lunches?

• Remember:
_Subject_____ +

__Opinion_ =
thesis statement
Write the thesis statement for the following persuasive prompt:
~Should children under three be allowed to use electronic devices or play video games?

• Remember:
_Subject_____ +

__Opinion_ =
thesis statement
Don’t forget to edit!

• Do not use I, Me, My when expressing your opinion.
• For example, if your opinion of gun ownership is that it is dangerous and you want to say “I think
gun ownership is dangerous” you should change it by removing the “I think.”
• This would the make the sentence "Gun ownership
is dangerous.”
• Most persuasive thesis statements will include
“should” or “must.”
One More Time!!!
Write the thesis statement for the following persuasive prompt:
~Should the government be able to spy on American citizens?

• Remember:
_Subject_____ +

__Opinion_ =
thesis statement
If you list one reason, you MUST list
them all. If you wrote, “Americans must own
firearms to protect them from the Zombie Apocalypse.”
You would have to write an entire essay about how firearms will protect you from the Zombie Apocalypse and provide six examples of that. You could not write about anything else.

• You may use either an open or closed thesis in my class; I have no preference.
Some teachers do, so keep in mind their preference.
Open vs. Closed Thesis
Open Thesis: No reasons are listed.

– Ex: Americans deserve the right to carry firearms.

• Closed thesis: all three reasons are listed.

– Ex: Americans deserve the right to own firearms for self-defense, sport, and family legacy.
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