Overview: In history, themes develop over time. One can argue that the developments of these themes have brought America closer to the ideals that the U.S. was founded upon, while others have brought us further from those ideals. The following essay prompt deals with these ideals:
“Explain how the United States has moved closer to or further from America’s founding ideals throughout the time period of 1890-1945. Choose three specific examples from history to explain and support your position.”
One week to prepare
One class period to write
May use your completed graphic organizers (double-sided)
A thesis statement is usually one sentence long and is a brief, to-the-point answer to the prompt that you are writing. It should appear somewhere in the introduction.
Explain the effects of KADMF on Tamanend Middle School.
Of the charities that TMS is involved in, KADMF might be the most exciting. It is a very worthy cause that helps families of sick children. The fund was created by Peggy Dolan, a mother of a cancer patient. By creating a basketball tournament and inspiring a beard-off, KADMF has given Tamanend a true sense of community.
tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.
is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel.
makes a claim that others might dispute.
is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.