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Thesis Statements: The GPS of Your Essay

A brief tour though the writing process.
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M Cales

on 6 December 2011

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The Thesis Statement: The GPS of Your Essay
When writing any essay, research paper or answering a short answer response question you need a thesis statement.

A Thesis statement tells your audience where you are going with your writing. What is your point?
Is it a Thesis Statement or Not?


1. World War Two.

2. World War Two was the height of the industrial revolution in America.

3. Hawaii is a wonderful place to vacation.

4. Is a "Stay-Cation" better than a vacation?

5. Today I am going to tell you about my first bike.
Is it a Thesis Statement or Not?


1. World War Two.

Not:
this is a topic

2. World War Two could be considered the height of the industrial revolution in America.
Thesis Statement:
This is a decent thesis statement, it gives you an opinion that will need to be supported with facts (logical appeals) later in your essay.

3. Hawaii is a wonderful place to vacation.
Thesis Statement:
This is a decent thesis statement, it gives you an opinion that will need to be supported with facts (logical appeals) later in your essay.

4. Is a "Stay-Cation" better than a vacation?
Not:
this is a question. Your job is to use your thesis statement to answer a question. If we were to change this to "A 'Stay-Cation' is better than a vacation," we would magically turn this from a question into a thesis statement.

5. Today I am going to tell you about my first bike.
Not:
this is a weak introduction, not a thesis statement. Statements and introductions like these should be avoided. They are dull and uniteresting and tell your audience that you don't care much about your subject or your audience and don't feel like writing an entertaining or engaging introduction.
Let's work on the thesis statement for your comparing texts essay.

1. What is your topic?

Answer: The Hunger Games and Lord of The Flies

2. What is One Common Theme that The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies has in common?

Answer:
Your Thesis should look a little like this:

"The Hunger Games," by Susanne Collins, and "The Lord of the Flies," by William Golding share a common theme, ___________________________________________.
Want to spice it up?

Add an intro statement like:

Although they are told in different styles,
"The Hunger Games," by Susanne Collins, and "The Lord of the Flies," by William Golding share a common theme, ___________________________________________.
or

Although they were written over 50 years apart,
"The Hunger Games," by Susanne Collins, and "The Lord of the Flies," by William Golding share a common theme, ___________________________________________.
Note: Introductory Paragraphs
An introductory paragraph is not:

Your thesis statement
A summary of the stories.
An introductory paragraph is
where you introduce your topic/thesis statement




finished with your thesis statement
you can share an anectdote
briefly explain the background of what your essay will be about.
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