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Thesis Statements: Patterns

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Matthew Singleton

on 9 September 2013

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Thesis Statements: Patterns
-There's more than one way to write a thesis statement.
Borrow directly from the prompt
Rephrase the prompt w/ your words
-In this approach, you take a position by rephrasing the language of the prompt into your own words.
Listing all of the reasons you will cover
-In this approach, after the transition word, you list each of the reasons you will discuss in order and separated by commas.
-Anything reason you list, you MUST cover in your essay.
Summarize your reasons under an overarching concept
-In this approach, after your transition word, you offer an overarching concept that all of your reasons can be categorized under.
-All of the reasons that follow in your essay MUST fall under your overarching concept.
-Whichever pattern you choose, your thesis must still be debatable, clearly take a position, and be specific.
-In this approach, you take a position by using the same wording from the prompt in your thesis.
Statement Pattern A:
Statement Pattern B:
Statement + transition + reason
Reason Pattern D:
Reason Pattern C:
There is a negative relationship between ownership and sense of self...
There is a positive relationship between ownership and sense of self...
It is okay to break a promise...
It is not okay to break a promise...
Owning things makes us lose ourselves...
The things we own help to show who we really are...
Keeping a promise can sometimes hurt someone...
It's morally wrong to not live up to your word...
...because things distract us from life's realities.
...because promises are rare, could lose their meaning, and can cause distrust.
...because broken promises cause problems.
...because owning things ties you down, makes you selfish, and changes your behavior.
...because the things you own can save you time, help you discover new things, and display your personality.
...because some promises end up hurting people, situations change, and people change.
...because the things we own reflect who we are.
...because some promises are bad.
"I think", "I believe" or "In my opinion"
created and narrated by Matt Singleton, NISD, San Antonio, TX
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