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Unit 8 The Structure of an Essay. What is an Essay?  Words are collections of sounds; sentences are collections of words; paragraphs are collections.

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1 Unit 8 The Structure of an Essay

2 What is an Essay?  Words are collections of sounds; sentences are collections of words; paragraphs are collections of sentences; and essays are collections of paragraphs.  First and foremost, the essay is, essentially true, a piece of non-fiction.  Secondly, all essays have definable beginnings, middles, and endings.  In addition, an essay is built around central idea, normally referred to as thesis.  Finally, essays consist of three, or more paragraphs.  The primary job of the essay is to thoroughly discuss its main idea (s).

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4 What is a thesis statement?  A thesis statement is a sentence or sentences which summarize the main idea or ideas of your paper and clearly expresses what it is you are going to say about your topic.  Your statement identifies what topic will be discussed and the purpose of your paper.

5  Your thesis statement will have two parts.  The first part states the topic.  For example: Palestine's Culture Public Transportation

6  The second part states the point/ controlling idea of the essay. has a rich and varied history can solve some of our city's most persistent and pressing problems

7  Or in the second part you could simply list the three main ideas you will discuss. has a long history, blends traditions from several other cultures, and provides a rich heritage. helps with traffic crowding, resource management, and the city budget.

8 Thesis Statement Examples  Example of an analytical thesis statement:  An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds.  The paper that follows should:  explain the analysis of the college admission process  explain the challenge facing admissions counselors

9  Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement:  The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers.  The paper that follows should:  explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers

10  Example of an argumentative thesis statement:  High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.  The paper that follows should:  present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college

11 Writing a Strong Thesis 1. A thesis takes a stand (gives the author’s opinion) rather than announcing a subject.  Announcement: The thesis of this paper is the difficulty of solving our environmental problems.  Thesis: Solving our environmental problems is more difficult than many environmentalists believe. 2. A thesis statement is not a statement of fact or an observation.  Fact or observation: People use many lawn chemicals.  Thesis: People are poisoning the environment with chemicals merely to keep their lawns clean.

12 Writing a Strong Thesis 3. A thesis should not state two sides of argument equally.  Two sides of an argument: There are advantages and disadvantages to living in big cities.  Thesis: Although there are some advantages, living in big cities has many disadvantages.

13 How to write a thesis statement  To create a thesis statement simply follow this formula:  TOPIC + OPINION = THESIS STATEMENT Thesis statement=Opinion+Topic When it comes to animals, cats make better pets than dogs. = Make better pets than dogs +Cats The movie “Omar Almukhtar" ignited many emotions in an audience. = Omar Almukhtar movie arouses many emotions. +Movies and emotions In the story "On the Sidewalk Bleeding", the boy loses his identity and is only recognized as a gang member. = The boy lost his personal identity and was only seen as a gang member. +Gangs and identity in the story "On the Sidewalk Bleeding".


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