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1 WordinessThesis Statements MENUEXIT Continue… A thesis statement contains the main idea or message of a composition.

2 Wordiness MENUEXIT To find the thesis, look for the sentence that best explains what the essay will be about. Which sentence in this paragraph provides that information? The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 changed the way people communicate. Before that, people had to rely on telegraphs or letters to communicate with each other. Moreover, the telegraph was limited by its use of Morse code, a system of dots and dashes, that could send and receive only one written message at a time. PREVIOUS Click to see the essay topic Thesis Statements A thesis statement contains the main idea or message of a composition.

3 Wordiness MENUEXIT This is the thesis sentence. It indicates the topic of the essay and the writers opinion about that topic. The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 changed the way people communicate. Before that, people had to rely on telegraphs or letters to communicate with each other. Moreover, the telegraph was limited by its use of Morse code, a system of dots and dashes, that could send and receive only one written message at a time. PREVIOUS Next Thesis Statements A thesis statement contains the main idea or message of a composition.

4 Wordiness A successful thesis statement PREVIOUS MENUEXIT Next is usually one sentence is a statement, not a question identifies the subject of the essay or composition takes a stand rather than simply announcing a subject is narrow and specific enough to be fully supported A thesis statement may also preview the main ideas of the essay and set the tone. Thesis Statements

5 Wordiness Which of these sentences are successful thesis statements? Recycling is one of the best ways ordinary people can help save resources. Recycling is a program to help the environment. Recycling saves millions of tons of garbage from ending up in landfills every year. To recycle, separate papers, cans, bottles, and plastic. PREVIOUS MENUEXIT Thesis Statements Click to see successful thesis statements

6 Wordiness PREVIOUS MENUEXIT Thesis Statements i i Recycling is one of the best ways ordinary people can help save resources. Recycling is a program to help the environment. Recycling saves millions of tons of garbage from ending up in landfills every year. To recycle, separate papers, cans, bottles, and plastic. These two thesis statements are successful because they express specific ideas and suggest the direction the essay will take. Next

7 WordinessThesis Statements MENUEXIT Continue… When you revise your writing, be sure your thesis statement is as strong as it should be. PREVIOUS

8 Wordiness When you write thesis sentences, you should avoid the following common errors. Click on the error you want to explore. MENUEXIT MENU Thesis Statements When you revise your writing, be sure your thesis statement is as strong as it should be. Simple statements of fact Simple announcements Broad, general opinions

9 Wordiness MENUEXIT Simple Statements of Fact Statements of fact cannot be thesis statements because they do not take a position or suggest a direction for the writing. Thesis Statements Continue…

10 Wordiness MENUEXIT Simple Statements of Fact How would you change this statement of fact into a thesis? Recycling is a way to save resources. Click to see a revision Thesis Statements PREVIOUS Statements of fact cannot be thesis statements because they do not take a position or suggest a direction for the writing.

11 Wordiness MENUEXIT Simple Statements of Fact The revised thesis expresses an opinion about the topic, rather than just stating a fact. It also previews the main ideas of the essay. Recycling is a way to save resources. ORIGINAL REVISED Recycling is a good way to save resources because it gets ordinary people involved in caring for the environment. Menu Thesis Statements PREVIOUS Statements of fact cannot be thesis statements because they do not take a position or suggest a direction for the writing.

12 Wordiness MENUEXIT Simple Announcements A simple announcement doesnt express a point of view or preview the main ideas of the composition. Thesis Statements Continue…

13 Wordiness MENUEXIT Simple Announcements How would you rewrite this statement to make it an effective thesis? In the following paper, I am going to write about recycling. Click to see a revision Thesis Statements PREVIOUS A simple announcement doesnt express a point of view or preview the main ideas of the composition.

14 Wordiness MENUEXIT Simple Announcements This revised thesis expresses a point of view and previews the main ideas. It does not mention the paper and avoids the first person reference. Many people think they cant do anything about environmental problems, but recycling is one way everyone can make a difference. Thesis Statements Menu PREVIOUS A simple announcement doesnt express a point of view or preview the main ideas of the composition.

15 Wordiness MENUEXIT Broad, General Opinions The statement of an opinion should be specific and narrow enough to be fully supported. Thesis Statements Continue…

16 Wordiness MENUEXIT Thesis Statements How would you revise this broad statement? Recycling is an effective way to reduce waste. Broad, General Opinions Click to see a revision PREVIOUS The statement of an opinion should be specific and narrow enough to be fully supported.

17 Wordiness MENUEXIT Broad, General Opinions Thesis Statements How would you revise this broad statement? Recycling is an effective way to reduce waste. The statement of an opinion should be specific and narrow enough to be fully supported.

18 WordinessThesis Statements MENUEXIT Broad, General Opinions. The statement of an opinion should be specific and narrow enough to be fully supported. Recycling is an effective way to reduce waste..

19 Wordiness MENUEXIT Broad, General Opinions Thesis Statements Recycling is an effective way to reduce waste The statement of an opinion should be specific and narrow enough to be fully supported.

20 Wordiness MENUEXIT Broad, General Opinions Thesis Statements The statement of an opinion should be specific and narrow enough to be fully supported. because less garbage ends up in landfills and more products are made from recycled materials. Recycling is an effective way to reduce waste

21 Wordiness MENUEXIT Broad, General Opinions This thesis statement gives specific reasons that can be supported with evidence. Thesis Statements Menu PREVIOUS The statement of an opinion should be specific and narrow enough to be fully supported. because less garbage ends up in landfills and more products are made from recycled materials. Recycling is an effective way to reduce waste


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