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 A thesis statement is the foundation of a well constructed essay. It tells the reader what the essay is about and how the writer feels about that topic.

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2  A thesis statement is the foundation of a well constructed essay. It tells the reader what the essay is about and how the writer feels about that topic. TOPIC + OPINION = THESIS STATEMENT

3  An essay with a weak thesis statement is like a house built out of straw – both will collapse easily.

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5  Straw is a good building material. topicopinion Problem: The example above is true to the definition of a thesis statement, but it is boring. It is a BASIC statement. It doesn’t elaborate, hook the reader, or explain itself.

6  Which of the following is a BASIC thesis statement? › A) Darth Vadar is the best bad guy. › B) Star Wars was first released in › C) Darth Vadar is Luke Skywalker’s father. › D) Star Wars is the ultimate adventure movie packed with action, romance, and unforeseen twists.

7  Which of the following is a BASIC thesis statement? › A) Liberty Hill Junior High outshines all other schools with its high expectations, strong academics, and outstanding athletic programs. › B) Liberty Hill Junior High is the best. › C) Liberty Hill Junior High is located in Liberty Hill, Texas. › D) School is school where ever you go.

8  Create three BASIC thesis statements in response to the following prompts: › 1) What is your all-time favorite movie? › 2) What is the most dangerous sport? › 3) Which superhero would make the best school principal?

9  Stand silently beside your desk.  Without talking, find a partner with the same size feet. Share your answers. Sit in the nearest desk with the partner with whom you were just speaking. WAIT FOR THE MUSIC TO STOP.

10  A SATISFACTORY thesis statement is strong enough to survive a gust of wind, but will not stand up during a storm. It provides more information than a basic statement, but it still leaves the reader with questions.

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12  Sticks are a better construction material than straw because they can withstand wind. TOPIC + OPINION + REASON = SATISFACTORY THESIS STATEMENT

13  Which of the following is a SATISFACTORY thesis statement? › A) Monopoly should be a UIL event. › B) All students are required to chew gum between the hours of 11:00 am and 12:00pm. › C) Sticking your tongue out is an excellent test taking strategy since it increases blood flow to the brain. › D) Strawberry ice cream is the best.

14  Which of the following is a SATISFACTORY thesis statement? › A) Many people don’t believe aliens exist. › B) Circumnavigating the globe in a UFO is the ultimate thing to do on a Sunday afternoon. › C) Wiggling his fingers in his ears, Sammy showed the crowd that he could talk to Martians. › D) Martians are much friendlier than the people from Venus because they are willing to share their technology.

15  Create three SATISFACTORY thesis statements in response to the following prompts: › 1) Who is your favorite cartoon character? › 2) What is the most boring activity in the world? › 3) With which superhero would you most like to sit next to at dinner?

16  Stand silently beside your desk.  Without talking, find a partner with the same size hands. Share your answers. Sit in the nearest desk with the partner with whom you were just speaking. WAIT FOR THE MUSIC TO STOP.

17 An EXCEPTIONAL thesis statement will identify a topic, provide an opinion AND explain the point of view through examples. It will with stand high winds and tough questioning.

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19  Bricks are the ultimate construction material because they can withstand wind, are impervious to rain, and will last forever. TOPIC + OPINION + 3 REASONS = EXCEPTIONAL THESIS STATEMENT

20  Which of the following is an EXCEPTIONAL thesis statement? › A) Fried worms are the most delicious breakfast food; they are full of flavor, bursting with vitamins, and chewy beyond belief. › B) Bubble and squeak is a traditional English breakfast dish. › C) Scrambled eyeballs are very nutritional. › D) Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gives you energy.

21  Which of the following is an EXCEPTIONAL thesis statement? › A) Chocolate is its own food group. › B) When tomatoes were first brought to the Americas, people believed they were poisonous. › C) All children should be allowed to eat as much candy as they like since it stimulates the brain. › D) Lollipops are more valuable than diamonds because they are easy to find, are available in many different colors, and are delicious to eat.

22  Create three EXCEPTIONAL thesis statements in response to the following prompts: › 1) Describe what change could make school less boring? › 2) Identify and explain why ice fishing is / is not the ideal pastime? › 3) Which alien, a smoogle, a croogle, or a doogle would make the best pet?

23  Stand silently beside your desk.  Without talking, find a partner with the color shirt as you. Share your answers. Sit in the nearest desk with the partner with whom you were just speaking. WAIT FOR THE MUSIC TO STOP.


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