What is a … a thesis statement



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What is a …

A thesis statement:

  • A simple statement that the essay / paper will PROVE
  • One sentence
  • Contains three CONCRETE arguments /subtopics CONCRETE: something that you can drop on your foot (not abstract)

FOR EXAMPLE: Why was Vimy Ridge Successful?

  • ABSTRACT
  • CONCRETE
  • -planning by Arthur Currie -brought a sense of nationhood to Canada -Canada did what Britain and France could not- they took the Ridge from the Germans -training time -sense of unity between Canadians
  • -heavy artillery and large quantities of ammunition -4 Canadian Divisions -system of tunnels - 3-D Model - heavy bombardment (3 weeks) -strategy of ‘creeping barrage’ - aerial maps / photographs

Let’s Practice… what is wrong with this ‘thesis’?

  • Example 1: BATMAN IS A HERO LIKE SPIDERMAN.

What is wrong with this ‘thesis’?

  • Example 2: BATMAN IS A BETTER HERO THAN SPIDERMAN BECAUSE HE IS AWESOME AND POWERFUL.

What is wrong with this ‘thesis’?

  • Example 3: BATMAN IS A BETTER HERO THAN SPIDERMAN BECAUSE HE IS FAST AND UNDERSTANDS THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE AND STRIVES TO PROTECT IT.

TASK 

What about this thesis?

  • Batman is a better Superhero than Spiderman because he has billions of dollars, a bat cave and an amazing car .
  • * Notice the CONCRETE arguments allow for abstract ideas: a) Billions of dollars = access b) Bat Cave = anonymity c) Amazing car = power

SMALL GROUP CHALLENGE #1

  • Pick one of the following popular culture topics and create a thesis statement with “concrete” arguments.  
  • Share as a class (gallery walk) - Facebook vs Twitter - iPhone vs Samsung - Texting vs Voice Calling - One Direction vs. Justin Bieber - Family Guy vs Simpsons - Gale vs Peeta (Hunger Games)

SMALL GROUP CHALLENGE #2

SMALL GROUP CHALLENGE #3

  • Gallery Walk (move three computers to the right)
  • Examine and rewrite the thesis in a different way  (no change can be made to the intent of thesis or the three arguments)


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