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Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences

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Danielle Pritchett

on 10 September 2013

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Transcript of Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences

Argument Style
Thesis Statements:
Why Should You Have a Thesis Statement?
Parts of Topic Sentences
1. States what you will be writing about (helpful for your audience)

2. Should provide a clear and concise summary of your main argument (helpful for you and your audience)

3. Can provide the organization of your paper
1. Your limited subject:
What are you writing about?
If you are focusing on school uniforms, your thesis statement would not include the food in the school cafeteria.

2. Your claim about the limited subject:
What are you arguing?
Do you support school uniforms or not? Your attitude about the limited subject will be your claim.
3. "So What?" Factor
What are the parts of a thesis statement?
High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.
Example Thesis Statement
Topic Sentences!
Why should you have them?
1. Signpost the subject and purpose of the paragraph.
2. Connect the paragraph to the previous paragraph (transitions).

*Somewhere in the paragraph, you should connect the purpose of that paragraph to the thesis statement.
Example Thesis Statement:
High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.
What topic sentences would you write for this thesis statement?
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