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Introduction/Thesis Statement

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Frantz Craft

on 16 January 2018

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Transcript of Introduction/Thesis Statement

Review/Examples/ Practice
Introduction/Thesis Statement
Thesis Statement-Is it solid?
1. A strong thesis statement justifies discussion

2.A strong thesis statement expresses one main idea.

3. Can there be a solid opposition to my statement? If your thesis states facts that can not be disputed or is impossible to offer a logical counter-point, it’s possible that you are simply providing a summary of facts, rather than stating an opinion or argument.

4. A strong thesis statement is specific and not vague.

Thesis Statement
Introduction Cont.
The introduction paragraph gives a small sample of background information to the reader.
-No one knows everything
-Prepares the reader for the content
-Leads into the thesis statement
Thesis Statement drives the essay
Think of your first sentence as a draw in for the reader.

Surprising fact:The pentagon has twice as many bathrooms as are necessary. The famous government building was constructed in the 1940s, when segregation laws required that separate bathrooms be installed for people of African descent. This building isn’t the only American icon that harkens back to this embarrassing and hurtful time in our history.
Across the United States there are many examples of leftover laws and customs that reflect the racism that once permeated American society.

Teenagers in many American cities have been involved in more gangs in the last five years than ever before. These gangs of teens have been committing a lot of violent crimes. The victims of these crimes are both gang members and people outside of gangs. Many people do not want to travel to areas in our cities because of the danger from this problem.
For this terrible situation to stop, it is going to take a combined effort on the part of many people. Excellent, supervised after-school programs, more jobs available for teens, and healthy family relationships will go a long way towards ending this crisis in our society.

During the Middle Ages in Europe and the Middle East there was much armed conflict between Christians and Muslims. Christians called these conflicts the Crusades because they were fighting under the sign of the cross to save the holy lands of the Bible from being desecrated by non-Christians.
However, the true reason for fighting for these lands was less than holy. It was mainly a desire for economic gain that prompted the Christian leaders to send soldiers to fight in the Holy Land.

-Humor: A funny thing happened on the way here.....
-Anecdote: An experience or story
-Definition: Defined word that leads to more information, then to a thesis statement
-Quote:"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." Abraham Lincoln

An introduction leads into a thesis statement...............................
- Should be 1-2 sentences
-Will make a claim/opinion that offers a nuanced and interesting perspective that can be developed through careful and insightful analysis
-Must be arguable/Opposing stance
-Should inspire, but not who you think...........
-Will define the scope of argument and shape it (drive your paper)

Research Paper
Crucial first steps are needed to ensure a possible successful paper.
Thesis Statement
Thesis cont.
-Should make a strong claim
-Is a point/opinion/position/stance/argument that can be opposed
-The opinion should offer an interesting perspective through careful analysis
-Thesis should spark or inspire the opposing opinion to spark a good debate
Thesis cont.
-The thesis will define the scope of your argument
-Should also shape your argument and lead your paper.
-Should have a beginning that intrigues the reader/s

-Should have background information on the topic that leads into the thesis statement.
-1-2 sentences to avoid confusion

-Make use of complex, compound or a combination to get more detail and specifics in your thesis statement.
**note** The thesis can change if research helps in restructuring your opinion
Good Examples

Darwin’s concern with survival of the fittest in The Origin of Species leads him to neglect a potentially conflicting aspect of his theory of evolution—survival as a matter of interdependence.

By inventing new terms, such as “loose fit” and “relaxed fit”, the jean industry has attempted to
normalize, even glorify, its product for an older and fatter generation.

Although an important part of one’s college education is learning to better understand others’ points of view, a persistent danger is that the students will simply be required to substitute the teacher’s answers for the ones they grew up uncritically believing.

Although violent revolutions begin to redress long-standing social inequities, they often do so at the cost of long-term economic dysfunction and the suffering that attends it.

Poor Examples

I’m going to write about Darwin’s concerns with evolution in The Origin of Species. (NC)

The jeans industry targets its advertisements to appeal to young adults. (Loose claim)

An important part of one’s college education is learning to better understand others’ points of view. (Conventional wisdom)

Violent revolutions have had both positive and negative results for man. (Broad claim)

Thesis Examples

There are crucial first steps to ensure you have a good essay.
The thesis statement may be the hardest part of the process in writing an essay/research, but when you have a good one, it makes writing the rest of the paper that much easier.
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