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How to Write a Thesis Statement

This presentation is designed for entry point college students learning how to write thesis statements.
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Kelsey Castle

on 23 September 2015

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Transcript of How to Write a Thesis Statement

How to Write a Thesis Statement
Developing a Thesis Statement in 2 Easy Steps
Today, we will learn…
What is NOT a thesis?
Also...
How to write a thesis.
What is NOT a thesis?
A topic sentence
An introduction
A fact
A definition
What IS a thesis statement?
An argument
MUST be proven
within your paper!
must appear at the END
of the introduction paragraph
(within the last two sentences)
tells reader vital information about your topic/issue
(And what is a thesis)
Writing Your Thesis
STEP 1:
Ask a question.
STEP 2:
Answer the question.
Let's try it!
Ask a question...

This question comes from me (the teacher) I want you to "fake" act like you are going to write a paper on this question. How would you write this thesis?

Is the abbreviated language we use in emails, texting, and instant messages causing us to forget basic grammar and punctuation skills?
Answer the question.
Here is an example:

The abbreviated language in emails, texting, and instant messages affects basic grammar and punctuation skills.
The answer to your question
is the THESIS statement!

Let's try another one...
Ask a question...this one is going to be in an essay prompt style (what you will most commonly see).
In class, we have discussed that there are many parts to a short story. We have discussed how plot, character, and setting play a major role in the understanding of a short story and its literary details. Write an essay in which you discuss the theme of a short story of your choosing and prove the theme with examples found in the text.
HOLD UP! WHAT?!
Your turn...
Think-Pair-Share
Think of a question you want your paper
to answer for its readers.
Write the answer to the question in one sentence.
Share with your classmate!
Pair with a partner and trade papers.

Did you write an effective thesis?
So....
#3: The answer is your thesis!
This question can come from
several places...

a. your teacher
b. an essay prompt
c. you can create one yourself
to help you make a thesis

We will try all three ways!
When you answer the question follow
all of the guidelines I provided for you...

a.
must be an argument/debatable
b.
must make promises that the essay
should fulfull
c.
should appear near the end of your
intro and only be 1-2 sentences long
Don't freak out...just look closer at this paragraph...you
CAN
make a question to then create a thesis.
In class, we have discussed that there are many parts to a short story. We have discussed how plot, character, and setting play a major role in the understanding of a short story and its literary details.
Write an essay in which you discuss the theme of a "The Most Dangerous Game" and prove the theme you chose with examples found in the text.
The part in the
pink
is what the teacher is really asking you to do...
Need more help?

What your teacher is REALLY ASKING:
Write an essay in which you discuss the theme of a "The Most Dangerous Game" and prove the theme you chose with examples found in the text.
Example question to turn into a answer/thesis:

What theme in TMDG is proved in the text with examples?
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