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1How to Write a Thesis Statement Guidelines for the Thesis ChallengedBest if viewed in Slide Show View
2The Map A thesis statement (TS) is a guide map to your entire paper. It provides a mini-summary of the paper’s content.It allows the reader to know in advance how the paper is organized.It lets the reader know why he/she should care. (The “So What?”)
3Express YourselfThe thesis statement expresses the main ideas of your paper and previews the answer to the question or questions posed by your paper.
4What Can A TS Do For You? Helps you start drafting. Helps keep you focused.Helps to narrow your subject to a single, central idea.Serves as a point of reference if changes occur.
5Two Main Parts A Thesis Statement generally consists of two main parts Your topic, and then the analysis, explanation, or assertion, that you’re making about the topic.AssertionTopic
6Two Main PartsTopicAnalysisExplanationAssertionPart 1Part 2
7To Do List Make a concise assertion about your topic. Limit the statement to only one idea.Make the assertion specific and significant.
8To Do List At least imply your purpose. Unify the statement so that the parts relate to each other.
10A Thesis Statement Gone Wrong This new product brought in over $30,000 last year.This is a statement of fact without an assertion.What’s the significance of the product’s success. (The “So What?”)
11A Thesis Statement Gone Wrong Before: This new product brought in over $30,000 last year.After: This product succeeded because of its innovative marketing campaign, including widespread press coverage, in-store entertainment, and a consumer newsletter.
12General Examples of Award Winning Thesis Statements
13General Examples Show that essay’s purpose is to explain. Show essay’s organization.Show that essay’s purpose is to persuade.
14Purpose to ExplainThe following examples of thesis statements announce that the essays’ purposes are mainly to explain about their subjects.
15Pecking Order in an Office Two months working in a large government agency taught me that an office’s pecking order should be respected.Assertion: Should be respectedTopic: Office’s pecking order
16Web Distribution of Music Because artists can now publish their music directly via the Web, consumers have many more choices than traditional distribution allows.Assertion: Have many more choicesTopic: Consumers
17What Public Relations Does Although most of us are unaware of the public relations campaigns directed at us, they can significantly affect the way we think and live.Assertion: Affect the way we think and liveTopic: Public relations campaigns
18OrganizationThe following example on preventing juvenile crime clearly predicts the organization of the essay.
19Preventing Juvenile Crime Juveniles can be diverted from crime by active learning programs, full-time sports, and intervention by mentors and role models.Assertion: Can be diverted from crime in three waysTopic: Juveniles
20PersuasionThe following example on federal aid to college students announces that the essay’s main purpose is to convince the reader of something.
21Federal Aid to College Students To compete well in the global economy, the United States must make higher education affordable for any student who qualifies academically.Assertion: Must be made available to any qualified student in the U.S.Topic: Affordable education
26Three Specific Types of Thesis Statements AnalyticalExpository (Explanatory)Argumentative
27Three Specific Types of Thesis Statements AnalyticalCompare/Contrast essays
28Analysis EssayIn an analytical paper, you are breaking down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluating the issue or idea, and presenting this breakdown and evaluation to your reader.
29Analysis Essay An analytical thesis statement will explain: What you are analyzing.The parts of your analysis.The order in which you will be presenting your analysis.
30Analysis Questions What did I analyze? What did I discover in my analysis?How can I categorize my discoveries?In what order should I present my discoveries?
31Analysis-ExampleAn analysis of barn owl flight behavior reveals two kinds of flight patterns: patterns related to hunting prey and patterns related to courtship.
32Analysis-ExampleA reader could expect that the paper will provide an explanation of the analysis of barn owl flight behavior, and then an explanation of the two kinds of flight patterns.
33Three Specific Types of Thesis Statements Expository (Explanatory)Illustrative essaysExplicative essaysDescriptive essays
34Explanation EssayIn an expository paper, you are explaining something to your reader.
35Explanation EssayAn expository (explanatory) thesis statement will tell your audience:What you are going to explain to them.The categories your are using to organize your explanation.The order in which you will be presenting your categories.
36Explanation Questions What am I trying to explain?How can I categorize my explanation into different parts?In what order should I present the different parts of my explanation?
37Explanation-ExampleThe lifestyles of barn owls include hunting for insects and animals, building nests, and raising their young.
38Explanation-ExampleA reader could expect that the paper will explain how owls hunt for insects and animals, build nests, and raise their young.
39Three Specific Types of Thesis Statements ArgumentativePersuasive essaysArgumentative essaysCause/Effect essays
40Argumentation EssayIn an argumentative paper, you are making a claim about a topic and justifying this claim with reasons and evidence.
41Argumentation EssayThis claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation.
42Argumentation EssayThis claim must be one that someone could possibly disagree with because the goal of the paper is to convince the reader that your claim is true based on your presentation of your reasons and evidence.
43Argumentation Questions What is my claim or assertion?What are the reasons I have to support my claim or assertion?In what order should I present my reasons?
44Argumentation—Example Barn owls’ nests should not be eliminated from barns because barn owls help farmers by eliminating insect and rodent pests.
45Argumentation—Example A reader could expect that the paper will present an argument and evidence that farmers should not get rid of barn owls when they find them nesting in their barns.
50Works CitedMost of the information provided in these slides was plucked (either word-for-word or paraphrased) from Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab.Visit the website for more information:
51Works CitedMost of the information provided in these slides was plucked (either word-for-word or paraphrased) from The Little Brown Handbook, 8th ed. Instructor’s Annotated Edition.Author’s: H. Ramsey Fowler, Jane E. Aaron, and Janice OkoomianVisit the website for more information: