Thesis Statements What is a thesis statement?



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Thesis Statements

What is a thesis statement?

  • A thesis statement is the main idea of an essay.
  • It is often a point you want to argue or support in an essay.
  • SO
  • The thesis statement explains to a reader the main idea of the essay and the writer’s opinion on that idea.

A thesis statement is usually one sentence.

  • A thesis statement is usually one sentence.
  • It is often placed in the introductory paragraph of an essay. (Most of the time it will be the last sentence in the introductory paragraph.)
  • A thesis statement is a claim that could be argued.
  • The essay will contain evidence and opinions that support the argument.

Thesis statements avoid the following:

  • the first person (I believe, In my opinion, etc.)
  • unclear language (It seems, etc.)
  • attempting two topics at once (even if they seem related). Pick one and stick with it.
  • just stating a fact - A thesis is something you plan to make an argument about.

A thesis statement should

  • contain a topic (main idea of what you are writing about)
  • contain an opinion about the topic (what your attitude is toward the topic)

A thesis statement should not be too broad.

  • Too Broad
  • The world is a magnificent place to live.
  • Better
  • Good teachers make Mountain City Elementary a fantastic school.

Which sentence is too broad to be a good thesis statement?

  • One reason to live in Mountain City is access to many wonderful places to fish.
  • Mountain City is a great place to live.

Too Broad

  • Mountain City is a great place to live.

A thesis statement should not be too wordy.

  • Wordy
  • Some problems with Mountain City Elementary School is that it needs a larger playground, an air conditioned gym, an auditorium, restrooms connected to each classroom, running water in the classrooms, and a number of other physical changes to the building.
  • Better
  • Mountain City Elementary needs several changes to its facility to make it a better school.

Which sentence is too wordy to be a good thesis statement?

Too Wordy

  • Abe Lincoln was an excellent speaker, the 16th President of the United States, a liberator of slaves, and united the North and South at the end of the American Civil War.

A thesis statement should not be too general.

  • Too general
  • Mountain City Elementary is a good school.
  • Better
  • Daily writing practice has led to improved writing skills for the students at Mountain City Elementary.

Which sentence is too general to be a good thesis statement?

  • A. Music makes people happy.
  • B. Music therapy is useful in relieving stress and other conditions.

Too general

  • Music makes people happy.

A thesis statement should not be a title.

  • A title
  • Cost of Living
  • Better
  • The cost of living in Mountain City is lower than in most other cities in the United States.

Which sentence would not be a good thesis statement because it is a title?

A Title

  • Rising TCAP Scores at Mountain City Elementary

A thesis statement should not be a fact.

  • A fact
  • The average temperature for Mountain City in winter is 34 and in summer is 75 degrees.
  • Better
  • The climate in Mountain City is ideal for outdoor sports.

Which sentence would not be a good thesis statement because it is a fact?

  • A. The recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
  • B. Recycling is one of the most important jobs a person can do to protect our environment.

A Fact

  • The recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

More Practice

Directions: 1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If there are no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement. 2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement.

  • How could you improve it?

Directions: 1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If there are no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement. 2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement.

  • Energetic exercise is a good way to help relieve stress.
  • How could you improve it?

Directions: 1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If there are no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement. 2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement.

  • Mountain City and Boone differ in many ways.
  • How could you improve it?

Directions: 1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If there are no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement. 2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement.

  • This paper will consider the advantages and disadvantages of students having nightly homework.
  • How could you improve it?

Directions: 1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If there are no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement. 2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement.

  • Hate speech should be eliminated for many reasons.
  • How could you improve it?

In each of the following slides tell whether the sentence is a good or bad thesis statement.

Good or Bad

  • Many people do not like to watch violent horror movies.
  • Today’s movies do not have the emotional impact of the classic horror movies of the 1940’s.

Good or Bad

  • Rap music is the best music ever.
  • Although many people find rap music offensive, it has had a positive impact on today’s youth.

Good or Bad

  • I enjoy white water rafting.
  • The first white water rafting trip can challenge a person both in body and spirit.

Good or Bad

  • Sixth grade students are busy.
  • The life of a typical sixth grade student is challenging due to the need to succeed in extracurricular activities.

Good or Bad

  • Community service projects include building shelter for the homeless, servicing meals to the hungry, providing transportation for the sick, distributing clothes, and a large number of other helpful activities.
  • Students should help others who are less fortunate.

Lesson Closure

  • With your recent knowledge about thesis statements, IMPROVE this thesis statement:
  • “In this essay I will discuss the dress code”.


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