Now, ask yourself the following questions about your thesis statement:
1. Is it a statement?
2. Does it avoid a “duh” or “so what?” response from the audience?
3. Is it provable or arguable?
4. Can someone argue the opposite or an alternative perspective? (think about dress codes, raising the driving age, a four day school week, and the like)
5. Is it specific without being too narrow?
If any of the questions above garner a “no” response, you must revise your thesis.
Finalize your thesis statement and write it here:
Bellringer (4/14): What are the elements of a strong introductory paragraph? List three below:
Notes from peer responses:
ACT-style introductory paragraph
Grab the rater’s attention (mention the situation and proposals from the prompt)
Explain your position on the topic clearly and concisely (choose one side---this is your thesis)