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Thesis Statements

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Amanda Desimowich Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences What is a thesis statement? How to structure your thesis... Examples This paper will consider the advantages and disadvantages of certain restrictions on free speech. The thesis is the controlling idea around which you construct the rest of your paper. 1. Have a topic
2. Know what kind of paper you are writing (analytical, expository, or argumentative)
3. Know the question you are answering
4. Have your own perspective on the topic *Can be three part or one declarative sentence Even though there may be considerable advantages to restricting hate speech, the possibility of chilling open dialogue on crucial racial issues is too great and too high a price to pay. NEVER SAY- "this paper will" or "I will show you" State everything as fact Be creative but not wordy Set up for the organization of the piece Types of Papers An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.

An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.

An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided. On the AP Language and Composition exam we will only be writing analytical (synthesis and rhetorical analysis) and argumentative essays. What type? An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds. 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. Topic Sentences What it's not... detailed general thesis statement conclusion Topic Sentence What it is... in between detailed and general unique grabber formal Exceptions Signposts and Pivots changing in direction yet, but, and however establishes a claim can be more than one sentence sentence-paragraph transitional remind reader of purpose normally used in arguments Types Complex Questions Bridge transitioning between one paragraph to another both subordinate and independent clauses demanding answer allows author to immediately get to the point combine two paragraphs informal not complex Scary??? Daunting??? Examples Although Young Woman with a Water Pitcher depicts an unknown, middle-class woman at an ordinary task, the image is more than "realistic"; the painter [Vermeer] has imposed his own order upon it to strengthen it. C,S It is evident in this painting that Monet found his Gare Saint-Lazare motif fascinating at the most fundamental level of the play of light as well as the loftiest level of social relevance. Arrival of a Train explores both extremes of expression. At the fundamental extreme, Monet satisfies the Impressionist objective of capturing the full-spectrum effects of light on a scene. Harvard's advice... Analyze your primary sources Write it down Rule of thumb: end of paragraph Anticipate counter-arguments What it is not... question list vague combative confrontational What it is... clear specific definable claim arguable claim
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