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Thesis: The Movie Trailer to Your Paper

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Transcript of Thesis: The Movie Trailer to Your Paper

In Other Words:
A thesis statement:

tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.

is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.

directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself.


What Should My Thesis Look Like?
Your thesis is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.
What is a thesis?
noun
1. a statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved.

2. a long essay or dissertation involving personal research, written by a candidate for a college degree
Steps to Creating An "Attention Grabbing" Thesis
1. Determine what kind of paper you are writing (expository or persuasive)

2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.

3. Your thesis should draw people in and make them feel the emotion that you wish to portray, if persuasive, it should persuade them to think as you do.

4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.
Answer Key
1. Media violence is harmful to society.
Broad
2. The death penalty is wrong.
Broad
3. School uniforms provide many benefits to students, parents and educators.
Strong
4. Technology has changed our lives.
Broad
5. Violent crime is up.
Broad
6. The recall election will do more harm than good.
Broad
7. I like my apartment.
Narrow
8. Taking care of older pets can be challenging.
Broad
9. Participating in volunteer work is essential to the development of strong character.
Strong
10. The neighbor’s cat is unfriendly.
Broad
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Thesis: The Movie Trailer to Your Paper
Broad, Narrow, or Strong?
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