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1 Thesis Statements

2 A thesis statement: is usually the last sentence in the introductory paragraph of an essay. is a claim that can be argued and supported with evidence from the text

3 Things to avoid: the first person (I believe, In my opinion, etc.) unclear language (It seems, etc.) just stating a fact. A thesis is something you plan to make an argument about.

4 A thesis statement should contain a topic (main idea of what you are writing about) contain an opinion about the topic (what your attitude is toward the topic)

5 A thesis statement should not be too broad. Too Broad Too Broad The world is a magnificent place to live.The world is a magnificent place to live. Better Better Good teachers make Highlands Middle School a fantastic school.Good teachers make Highlands Middle School a fantastic school.

6 Which sentence is too broad to be a good thesis statement? A. One reason to live in White Plains is because it is very close to New York City. B. White Plains is a great place to live.

7 Too Broad White Plains is a great place to live. White Plains is a great place to live.

8 A thesis statement should not be too wordy. Wordy Some problems with Highlands Middle School are that it needs a larger playground, an air conditioned gym, restrooms connected to each classroom, running water in the classrooms, and a number of other physical changes to the building. Some problems with Highlands Middle School are that it needs a larger playground, an air conditioned gym, restrooms connected to each classroom, running water in the classrooms, and a number of other physical changes to the building.Better Highlands Middle School needs several changes to its facility to make it a better school. Highlands Middle School needs several changes to its facility to make it a better school.

9 Which sentence is too wordy to be a good thesis statement? A. Abe Lincoln was one of the best presidents the United States has ever known. B. Abe Lincoln was an excellent speaker, the 16 th President of the United States, a liberator of slaves, and united the North and South at the end of the American Civil War.

10 Too Wordy Abe Lincoln was an excellent speaker, the 16 th President of the United States, a liberator of slaves, and united the North and South at the end of the American Civil War. Abe Lincoln was an excellent speaker, the 16 th President of the United States, a liberator of slaves, and united the North and South at the end of the American Civil War.

11 A thesis statement should not be too general. Too general Too general Highlands Middle School is a good school.Highlands Middle School is a good school. Better Better Daily writing practice has led to improved writing skills for the students at Highlands Middle School.Daily writing practice has led to improved writing skills for the students at Highlands Middle School.

12 Which sentence is too general to be a good thesis statement? A. Music makes people happy. B. Music therapy is useful in relieving stress and other conditions.

13 Too general Music makes people happy. Music makes people happy.

14 A thesis statement should not be a title. A title A title Cost of LivingCost of Living Better Better The cost of living in White Plains is higher than in many other cities in the United States.The cost of living in White Plains is higher than in many other cities in the United States.

15 Which sentence would not be a good thesis statement because it is a title? A. Good teaching has led to an increase in ELA scores at Highlands Middle School. B. Rising ELA Scores at Highlands Middle School.

16 A Title Rising ELA Scores at Highlands Middle School Rising ELA Scores at Highlands Middle School

17 A thesis statement should not be a a fact. A fact A fact The average temperature for White Plains in winter is in the 20’s and in summer is in the 80’s.The average temperature for White Plains in winter is in the 20’s and in summer is in the 80’s. Better Better The climate in White Plains is ideal for outdoor sports almost all year round.The climate in White Plains is ideal for outdoor sports almost all year round.

18 Which sentence would not be a good thesis statement because it is a fact? A. The recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours. B. Recycling is one of the most important jobs a person can do to protect our environment.

19 A Fact The recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours. The recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

20 More Practice

21 Directions: 1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If there are no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement. 2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement. Although most people believe otherwise, bats are harmless and highly beneficial. Although most people believe otherwise, bats are harmless and highly beneficial.

22 Directions: 1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If there are no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement. 2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement. Eastview Middle School and Highlands Middle School differ in many ways. Eastview Middle School and Highlands Middle School differ in many ways.

23 Directions: 1) Find the opinion words in the statement. If there are no opinion words, it is not a thesis statement. 2) Tell if the statement is a good thesis statement. Hate speech should be eliminated for many reasons. Hate speech should be eliminated for many reasons.

24 Take out a piece of notebook paper and number from 1 to 10. In each of the following slides tell whether the sentence is a good or bad thesis statement.

25 Good or Bad 1. Many people do not like to watch violent horror movies. 2. Today’s movies do not have the emotional impact of the classic horror movies of the 1940’s.

26 Good or Bad 3. Rap music is the best music ever. 4. Although many people find rap music offensive, it has had a positive impact on today’s youth.

27 Good or Bad 5. I enjoy white water rafting. 6. The first white water rafting trip can challenge a person both in body and spirit.

28 Good or Bad 7. Sixth grade students are busy. 8. The life of a typical sixth grade student is challenging due to the need to succeed in extracurricular activities.

29 Good or Bad 9. Community service projects include building shelter for the homeless, servicing meals to the hungry, providing transportation for the sick, distributing clothes, and a large number of other helpful activities. 10. Students should help others who are less fortunate.


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