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Creating a Thesis Statement

Thesis

  • According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary:
    • A position or proposition that a person advances and offers to maintain by argument
    • Simply said: A clear and concise way to state and support your opinion on a specific topic.

Thesis Statement Asks

  • What will your essay be about?
  • What is the main idea of your essay?
  • What idea or concept do you want to introduce to your reader?

Thesis Sentence

  • focuses and directs the essay
  • can be found in the introduction (usually the last line)
  • Your opinion + Support
  • is a statement NOT A QUESTION!!!

A thesis sentence NEVER

  • announces itself  "I'm going to talk about . . ."
  • personalizes  "I think . . ."  or " I believe . . ."
  • questions   "Is English hard to learn?"

Thesis Statements in a Formal Essay

  • Never uses first/ second person
    • I, ME, MY, MINE, YOU, YOUR, YOURS
    • WE, US, OUR,OURS

Important Parts of your Thesis Statement

  • A thesis statement is not one word.
    • Topic: Lessons
    • Thesis statement: In Paulo Coehlo’s novel, The Alchemist, Santiago must learn the lessons of perseverance, belief in oneself, and sacrifice in order to achieve his personal legend.
    • Topic: Decisions
    • Thesis Statement: In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, faulty, rash, and immature decisions contribute to the main characters’ downfall.
  • Your thesis statement MUST be arguable. It cannot be a stated or obvious fact.
  • Ask yourself: Can someone take an opposing side to my main point?
  • Obvious Thesis statement: In Paulo Coehlo’s novel, The Alchemist, Santiago must learn the lessons of perseverance, belief in oneself, and sacrifice in order to achieve his personal legend.
  • Revised Thesis Statement: In Paulo Coehlo’s novel, The Alchemist, the loss of Santiago’s money benefited him because he learned how to persevere, to believe in himself, and to sacrifice in order to achieve his personal legend.


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